LGBTQ Immigration Lawyer
LGBT Immigration Lawyer
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act “DOMA” on June 26, 2013, which formerly discriminated against married lesbian and gay couples for the purposes of determining federal benefits and protections. Since June 26, 2013, the U.S. federal government is required to recognize same-sex marriages and extend equal protection under the law to same sex married couples as it pertains to federal benefits and protections; which includes U.S. immigration status and protections.
Fiance Visas for Same-sex Couples
A U.S. citizen in a same-sex relationship can petition for their immigrant fiancé through the K-1 visa process. The purpose of the K-1 visa is to show the couple's intention to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e) entering the United States. If you are seeking an LGBT K1 Visa, contact our immigration lawyer today!
The U.S. federal government recognizing same-sex marriages allows for U.S. Citizens to petition for their same sex spouse/partner for immigration benefits. These immigration benefits include lawful permanent residency (green card) as well as being the dependent of a non-immigrant visa like an E-2,, L-1, O-1,etc. The importance of having an experienced immigration attorney is critical, but this experience should be focused on handling the sensitive nature of same-sex marriages and U.S. immigration. At NeJame Law we have handled many same-sex marriage cases. We understand the hurdles many LGBTQI couples face, despite these changes in law. The immigration process is complex, but our LGBTQI immigration attorney in Orlando will be with you every step of the way!
Asylum Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and HIV Status
Asylum applicants are required to show that they meet the definition of a refugee and have a fear of persecution in their home country as a result of their race, religion, political opinion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group. As a result, asylee status may be obtained by showing that an asylum applicant has a fear of persecution based on their membership in a social group based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and even HIV positive status and a lack of proper medical treatment.
Evidence of past suffering, sexual abuse, physical abuse or fear of future persecution in an individual’s home country due to their gender identity and/or sexual orientation (and sometimes even perceived sexual orientation) provides grounds for asylum in the United States.
Contact our LGBT immigration lawyer today at (407) 500-0000. You may also fill out our online form and we will get back to you shortly.