HOW THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT’S DECISION ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE OPENED THE WORLD FOR SPOUSES OF SAME SEX COUPLES TO RESIDE IN THE UNITED STATES

The United States Supreme Court Decision in recognizing a constitutional right for gays to marry throughout the United States has far reaching implications beyond marriage.

These far reaching implications include one spouse’s ability to sponsor a same sex spouse to become a lawful permanent resident and to include the spouse’s children, if applicable. The ruling also impacts employers who are sponsoring employees who are in a same sex marriage.

In the case of a same sex couple who are not yet married but engaged, the United States Citizen spouse is able to file for a fiancée visa to bring the fiancée to the United States, get married and then apply for the spouse’s lawful permanent residence.

Any of the family based immigration visas are now available to same sex couples. Further, all of the employment based visas that permit the inclusion of the spouse and children are also available to same sex couples.

Many of the Immigration forms and procedures will need to change to conform with the new law recognizing the constitutional right for gays to marry.

It is advisable for any individual or business who is faced with any immigration filing, especially in light of the new law, to consult with an immigration attorney.

Feel free to contact the Law Office of Robin J. Gray by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., through our website at robinjgraylaw.com or by phone at (610) 777-1431 with any questions.

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