Immigration for Same-Sex Couples in a Post-DOMA World

Wednesday November 13

  • By: CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • Location:
    This event takes place online.
    Webinar/Teleseminar, United States

Since the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, federal benefits are available to same-sex married couples. Among these benefits is immigration. Presented by CUNY School of Professional Studies, this webinar will review: the legal landscape, both in the immigrant and non-immigrant context, for same-sex couples; the U.S. government and its agencies' positions in the aftermath of the demise of Section 3 of DOMA; the procedures for applying for spousal immigration benefits, including evidentiary issues and security concerns; and unresolved issues that continue to persist for same-sex binational couples.

Webinar Presenters:

  • Michael Sisitzky
    Michael is a staff attorney with Immigration Equality. His work focuses on advocacy for same-sex binational couples, who for years had been unable to obtain immigration benefits in the United States because of the discriminatory impact of the Defense of Marriage Act. He also advocates directly with members of Congress and the Administration in support of policies to secure full equality for LGBT families in the immigration context.
  • Noemi E. Masliah
    Noemi is a partner of the law firm of Masliah & Soloway, PC. She has been engaged exclusively in the practice of immigration law since 1980 and has spoken and written frequently on a broad range of immigration topics. Her practice covers all categories of employment-based cases for both temporary and permanent visas. She has received several community awards for her activism in immigration reform. Ms. Masliah was a co-founder of Immigration Equality and, more recently, of The DOMA Project.

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