January 12

Same-Sex Marriage & Immigration

Can I Sponsor my Same-Sex Spouse? The current state of Petitioning for Same-Sex Spouses post-Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The United States Supreme Court recently struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor.  Prior to Windsor, the United States federal government did not recognize same-sex marriages.  Consequently, married homosexual couples could not.

January 12

Traveling Abroad with DACA

Can Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients Travel Abroad? Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a relatively new program that allows noncitizens who came to the United States before turning sixteen to remain in the United States without facing the threat of deportation.  Successful DACA applicants are typically given a work authorization card,.

January 11

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

What is Optional Practical Training (OPT)?  Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows F-1 visa holders to temporarily work in the United States.  F-1 visas are also known as student visas.  Optional Practical Training should not be confused with Curricular Practical Training (CPT), although OPT and CPT are similar. OPT is only available to F-1 students.  It.