On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages for immigration purposes. Effective immediately, same-sex marriages that are valid where they are performed–whether in the United States or in another country–should be treated in the same manner as any other marriage. A US citizen can therefore petition a same-sex spouse to become a permanent resident of the United States.
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This fact sheet is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended as legal advice. Every case is different, and must be evaluated individually.