Late-Breaking Seminar: DOMA Impact on Marriage-Based Immigration

Thursday August 01

  • By: AILA
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • Location:
    This event takes place telephonically.
    Webinar/Teleseminar, United States

The 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court in Windsor v. United States held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. This decision opened up a brave new world for same-sex partners in obtaining immigration benefits. It also resulted in new questions on how the U.S. government will handle the processing of nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions. Since the Supreme Court decision, how has the government addressed these issues? What can you expect over the coming year? Join our panel of experts in a discussion on the impact of DOMA on immigration law.
Topics include:

  • Steps Taken by DHS Following the Windsor Decision
  • Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships, Marriages in Different States, and Foreign Marriages: Are They Considered a Marriage for Immigration Purposes?
  • What to Expect at the Consulates and How to Best Prepare Clients for Interviews
  • Admissibility Issues, and Spotting Potential Problems for Immigrants and Nonimmigrants
  • Removal Cases: Use of Qualifying Relatives and Working with ICE on Re-opening Cases
  • What Is Happening in the Field? Experiences Thus Far with USCIS and DOS


  • Victoria Neilson (dl), New York, NY
  • Michael R. Jarecki, Chicago, IL
  • Liam Schwartz, Ramat Gan, Israel

Register by clicking here. If for some reason you need to mail or fax in your registration, you can also download and complete a registration form. If you register online, do not also mail in a registration form. The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on 7/31/2013.