Justice Immigrated: First filing for green card based on same-sex marriage

Since marriage equality became the law of the land in 2015 with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, we have counseled a dozen same-sex couples on their immigration rights.

We are pleased to report that this week we filed our first request for a green card based on same-sex marital status.

For many of our couples, for which one or both of them are living with HIV, the substantial legal barriers and the high cost of filing fees prevented further action to secure the immigrant partner’s residency status.

With some financial assistance from our colleagues at the AIDS Fund for the filing fees, this newlywed couple has taken an important step forward to ensuring their right to live together in the U.S.

We will report back on their progress.