Same Sex K-1 Visa
On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling declared that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (commonly referred to as DOMA) was unconstitutional. DOMA, which was enacted on September 21, 1996 restricted the federal government to define "marriage" as a union between one man and one woman.
Same Sex Couples and Partners for K-1 Visa
While individual states passed laws legalizing same-sex marriages, the fact that DOMA prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions meant that same-sex couples were denied federal benefits including social security and the ability of an American citizen to petition his/ her same-sex partner for immigration purposes. With Section 3 of DOMA over, same-sex couples now have the right to petition their Filipino/ Filipina partner for a K-1 visa.
Advantage of US Immigration Lawyer in Manila
An American citizen and their same-sex Filipino/ Filipina partner looking to avail of our services will take comfort in knowing that they will be working with a US immigration lawyer who is on the ground in Manila, Philippines. Because the ability for an American citizen petitioner to bring his/ her LGBT same-sex Filipino partner to the United States for the purposes of marriage is extremely new, it is strongly advisable that the parties consult and engage the services of a professional instead of doing it on their own or engage the services of an unlicensed immigration consulting firm.
LGBT American and Filipino couples
LGBT American and Filipino couples who choose to engage our K-1 visa services will receive personalized attention from an American U.S. immigration lawyer in the Philippines starting from the filing of the actual petition with United States Citizen and Immigration Services all the way through visa interview at the US Embassy in Manila.
Because the ability of an LGBT American citizen to petition his/ her same-sex partner for a K-1 visa in the Philippines is extremely new, it is strongly advisable that a couple consults and retains a US immigration lawyer in Manila, Philippines instead of attempting to perform the process on their own.