Under most circumstances, undocumented immigrants are prohibited from applying for adjustment of status from within the U.S. Additionally, if they leave to apply for a green card, they could be penalized for their illegal stay with a ban of re-entry for three to 10 years.
You finally did it. You met love of your life. You successfully completed the arduous K-1 fiancé visa process. You moved to the U.S. to get married and start your life together. You received your green card, and you’ve started working at a new job you love. Life is finally returning to normal. It’s smooth sailing from here on out, right?
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional, same-sex marriages have become recognized as legal by the United States. This step has provided new benefits and protections to same-sex couples already residing in the United States as well as to those seeking to immigrate here.
The Supreme Court’s ruling that the Trump administration’s travel ban can temporarily take effect has made a lot of waves with people on both sides of the issue.
Immigration issues of all kinds are complex and difficult to understand, especially if you do not have an immigration law degree. Due to the ever-changing, constantly evolving laws and regulations that pertain to immigration, if you have questions or concerns about green cards and what they mean for the status of your family in Texas and elsewhere, you would be wise not to navigate these issues on your own.
After same-sex marriage was declared legal in all states, it opened up many questions for same-sex couples where one of them is not in the U.S., one is undocumented or here on a temporary visa, and any couples who are currently engaged or are considering marriage when their partner is not a citizen.
In a cable sent to U.S. embassies worldwide, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that all visitors who require visas to come to the United States will have to follow through on the stated purpose of their trip for at least three months.
A person can be feeling a lot of joy and excitement as their wedding approaches. However, they can also be feeling some stress. After all, there are many key details to take care of related to a wedding. Also, a marriage represents a major new step in a person’s life. So, a lot of preparation and planning generally goes into this major life event.
While same-sex couples enjoy equal rights in the United States, these couples may face unique challenges if one partner is currently residing outside of the country. Applying for and securing a fiancé/fiancée visa can be complicated, and you would be wise to secure legal guidance from the very beginning of the process.
For approximately a quarter of the women and children held at the Karnes City and Dilley detention centers in Texas, early December brought happy holiday news from Immigration and Customs Enforcement: they were being released.