Immigration (POC Rule)
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State are using the “Place of Celebration (POC)” in considering any marriage based visas and immigration benefits. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can now file petitions to sponsor their same-sex spouses for family-based immigrant visas and can file fiance or fiancee petitions. All other immigrations benefits conditioned on marriage now include the marriages of same-sex couples. Examples include an alien seeking to accompany or follow a spouse who has been granted a family-sponsored immigrant visa, an employment-based visa, refugee status or asylum and a reduction in the residence period required for naturalization
Immigration is a complex process and GLAD strongly recommends that before getting married or applying for an immigration benefit that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney.