USCIS Awards Green Cards to Same-Sex Couples

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) honored the same-sex immigration rights of a gay couple living in San Francisco. The couple, Rick and Gonzalo, married in 2013 after spending years traveling between Buenos Aires and San Francisco.

According to The DOMA Project, the couple was awarded their green card just hours after their interview with USCIS. Rick filed the green card petition for Gonzalo in March 2013 and once the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), they were granted an interview.

The couple’s lawyer was notified by the USCIS five hours after the interview and said by email that their green card case was granted, the article stated. After spending more than five years battling DOMA and traveling between the two cities, their rights as a couple were recognized.

Los Angeles Couple Issued Green Card
On July 21, Tom Bercu and Claus Andersbo of Los Angeles were awarded after an interview with a USCIS official. According to The DOMA Project, they became the fourth same-sex couple in the nation to receive a marriage-based green card.

Bercu filed the petition for Andersbo, who is originally from Denmark, in early 2013 as they knew the Supreme Court would make a decision regarding the recognition of benefits for same-sex couples, the source stated.