Do Same-Sex Marriages Qualify Spouse for Immigration Rights?

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As of July 1, 2013 the following Statement was released by the Secretary of Homeland Security allowing same-sex spouses to be treated in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses for immigration purposes.

Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on July 1, 2013:

“After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.”