While planning for a wedding is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times in a person's life, it is also one of the most hectic. That's because in addition to major decisions like selecting a venue, creating a guest list and picking out satisfactory attire, the couple must also make seemingly endless minor decisions like creating a seating arrangement, selecting the cake and approving a song list.
If you're a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder), you've probably wondered how hard it would be to sponsor a family member to immigrate. Perhaps your fiancé or fiancée lives abroad, or you would like your parents to live near their grandchildren. What are the opportunities for family-based immigration to the U.S.?
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has been directed to begin processing visa applications for same-sex spouses in the standard way that such visas would be handled for heterosexual spouses of U.S. citizens. Kerry announced the change, which is the result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in US v. Windsor which invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act, while on a diplomatic trip to London.