On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The decision opened a range of immigration benefits to same-sex couples that were previously unavailable, including fiancé(e) visas.

Post-DOMA, U.S. citizens can petition for their foreign, same-sex fiancé(e) living abroad, upon a showing 1) that they met at least once within two years prior to filing the petition; and 2) that they intend to marry within 90 days of the foreign fiancé(e) entering the United States.

As Pangea Attorney, Marie Vincent, prepares to file one of the country's first same-sex fiancée visas for a lesbian couple, we are thrilled to serve as an instrument in the joining and uniting of immigrant families in our LGBT community.


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