Can a foreigner obtain legal residency in the United States by virtue of same-sex marriage to an American citizen?
Yes. Effective June 26, 2013, the US federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, including for the purposes of immigration. An American citizen may sponsor a foreign same-sex spouse for permanent residency ("green card"), leading eventually to citizenship.
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Answer . \nThey can't, marrying a U.S. citizen no longer confers automatic citizenship nor permanent residence status, the alien spouse must apply for citizenship or residence status as required by USCIS regulations. For more information, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website…, http://www.uscis.gov (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain citizenship in any European country by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen?
Yes in the seven (7) European countries that have legalized same-sex marriage. It is also very likely possible in the fourteen European countries that have legalized some form of registered partnership.
Can a foreigner obtain British citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of Great Britain?
Although same-sex marriage is not legal in Great Britain, civil partnerships are and have the same exact rights and responsibilities as legal marriage. Being in a civil partnership with a British citizen will, as it does with marriage, reduce the requirements for naturalization from 5 years residenc…e to only 3. (MORE)
Foreign residents may apply for citizenship based on their same-sex marriage to a citizen in 19 countries worldwide. The United States is not one of those countries, but Canada and Mexico are. .
Can an illegal alien in Spain obtain legal immigration status in Germany by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of Germany?
Yes. A same-sex registered partnership is treated the same as a legal marriage in Germany with respect to immigration law. The same-sex partner of a German citizen can obtain legal residency and, ultimately, citizenship in Germany. .
It is legal in some states (see related question below). In 1996, the duly elected members of the US House of Representatives and Senate passed the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") and then President Bill Clinton signed it into law. Although part of that law was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supr…eme Court on June 26, 2013, the part that permits states to ignore same-sex marriages performed in other states is still in effect. (MORE)
Yes. Same-sex marriage is legal in all US states and territories effective June 26, 2015, although many states started earlier (shown with the effective dates): . Massachusetts (May 17, 2004); . Connecticut (October 10, 2008); . Iowa (April 27, 2009); . Vermont (September 1, 2009); . New Ha…mpshire (January 1, 2010); . New York (July 24, 2011); . Washington (state) (December 6, 2012); . Maine (December 29, 2012); . Maryland (January 1, 2013); . California (June 28, 2013); . Delaware (July 1, 2013); . Rhode Island (August 1, 2013); . Minnesota (August 1, 2013); . New Jersey (October 21, 2013); . Hawaii (December 2, 2013); . New Mexico (December 19, 2013, although some counties started earlier); . Oregon (May 19, 2014); . Pennsylvania (May 20, 2014); . Illinois (June 1, 2014) (although some counties started earlier); . Utah - October 6, 2014 and December 20, 2013 to January 6, 2013 . Wisconsin - October 6, 2014 (and one day on June 6, 2014) . Indiana - October 6, 2014 . Virginia - October 6, 2014 . Oklahoma - October 6, 2014 . Colorado - October 6, 2014 . Idaho - October 7, 2014 . Nevada - October 7, 2014 . West Virginia - October 9, 2014 . North Carolina - October 9, 2014 . Alaska - October 12, 2014 . Arizona - October 17, 2014 . Wyoming - October 23, 2014 . Missouri - (partial) November 5, 2014 . Kansas - November 13, 2014 . South Carolina - November 19, 2014 . Montana - November 19, 2014 . Florida - January 5, 2015 . Alabama - January 23, 2015 Washington, DC, legalized same-sex marriage on March 3, 2010. (MORE)
Does a Mexican woman have any legal rights by marriage to an American citizen and they will reside in Mexico?
Sure, however she must begin the process of nationalization before the INS to become a US foreign national or to aquire full citizenship.
Although same-sex marriage is legal in Belgium, since January 1, 1985, marriage does not give any direct claim to Belgian citizenship. You can apply for naturalization, but your marriage will not affect the requirements.
The first legal same-sex marriage in the United States took place in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004. Several other states have legalized same-sex marriage since then. The federal government recognizes same-sex marriage effective June 26, 2013.
Can a foreigner obtain legal residency in the UK by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of the United Kingdom?
Yes. Foreign same-sex marriages are recognized as civil partnerships under UK law. Consequently, a British citizen can sponsor a same-sex partner for residency and, eventually, citizenship.
Unfortunately, you cannot automatically gain Canadian citizenship based on marriage (whether same sex or opposite sex). Your spouse or common law partner must sponsor you to immigrate to Canada first. Like all the other immigrants, you have to reside in Canada for 3 years (1095 days) in order to b…e able to apply for Canadian citizenship. (MORE)
In the United States, marriage law is historically addressed by state law. Nevertheless, the federal courts may intervene to ensure that a state's marriage laws are being applied without discrimination. On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act… ("DOMA") was unconstitutional. That section prohibited the US federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Pursuant to that ruling, the federal government now does recognize these marriages with retroactivity. The Supreme Court did not, however, address the constitutionality of Section 2 of DOMA, the part which permits individual states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. This section is still intact and enforceable. Some argue that it violates the full-faith-and-credit clause of the Constitution and predict that it will eventually be struck down as well. (MORE)
This is a tricky question, since Canada has provinces, not states,but Canada is itself a "state" pursuant to another meaning of theword. Mexico does have states, as does the United States. So, theofficial current answer is:. Canada . Distrito Federal, Mexico (City) . Quinatana Roo, Mexico . Coah…uila, Mexico . Chihuahua, Mexico . Massachusetts - May 17, 2004 . Connecticut - October 10, 2008 . Iowa - April 27, 2009 . Vermont - September 1, 2009 . New Hampshire - January 1, 2010 . New York - July 24, 2011 . Washington (state) - December 6, 2012 . Maine - December 29, 2012 . Maryland - January 1, 2013 . California - June 28, 2013 (and May 15 - November 4, 2008) . Delaware - July 1, 2013 . Rhode Island - August 1, 2013 . Minnesota - August 1, 2013 . New Jersey - October 21, 2013 . Hawaii - December 2, 2013 . New Mexico - December 19, 2013 (although some counties started earlier) . Oregon - May 19, 2014 . Pennsylvania - May 20, 2014 . Illinois - June 1, 2014 (although some counties started earlier) . Utah - October 6, 2014 and December 20, 2013 to January 6, 2013 . Wisconsin - October 6, 2014 (and one day on June 6, 2014) . Virginia - October 6, 2014 . Oklahoma - October 6, 2014 . Indiana - October 7, 2014 . Colorado - October 7, 2014 . Nevada - October 9, 2014 . West Virginia - October 9, 2014 . North Carolina - October 10, 2014 . Alaska - October 12, 2014 . Idaho - October 15, 2014 . Arizona - October 17, 2014 . Wyoming - October 21, 2014 . Missouri - (performed in some counties; recognized in all counties) November 5, 2014 . Kansas - (contested by state) November 13, 2014 . South Carolina - November 19, 2014 . Montana - November 19, 2014 . Florida - January 5, 2015 . Alabama - February 9, 2015 . (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain British citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of the United Kingdom?
You can get UK residence permit if they determine you are dependent on each other and your love is genuine. As far as citizenship laws state, heterosexuals do not get citizenship by marriage either.
Yes. The legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland is imminent. Following a favorable vote in the May 22, 2015 public referendum, the Constitution of Ireland has been amended to guarantee same-sex couples the right to marry. . While others must reside in Ireland for five years before becoming… eligible for naturalization, the spouse of an Irish citizen is eligible after only three years. For spouses only, all or part of the residency requirement can be fulfilled by living in Northern Ireland.. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain Argentinean citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of Argentina?
Yes, sort of. A same-sex marriage is treated the same as any other marriage in Argentina. The spouse of an Argentine citizen is eligible for naturalization after two years of residency in Argentina. Having said that, however, the two-year residency is required of all applicants for naturalization an…d there is no benefit derived from being married to a citizen. (MORE)
Yes, as of January 1, 2009, Norwegian marriage law is gender neutral. A person married to a Norwegian citizen may become a naturalized Norwegian citizen after three years of residence in Norway. This is true whether the marriage is between same-sex spouses or opposite-sex spouses.
Can a foreigner obtain Portuguese citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of Portugal?
Yes. Marriage is marriage in Portugal, whether between persons of the same or opposite gender. Normally, one may apply for naturalization after six years of residence in Portugal. However, a foreigner who has been married to a Portuguese citizen for three years may become a citizen of Portugal by me…re declaration, without any residency requirement. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain South African citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of South Africa?
Yes. According to the Constitution of South Africa, there may be no discrimination against people because of sexual orientation. Thus, what is true for heterosexual couples is also true for same-sex couples, in terms of marriage, adoption and immigration. In both cases, though, there is a process …to be followed, and it may take many years to obtain citizenship. The first step is normally to obtain residency, as citizenship usually takes into account the number of years already spent in the country. Additional info: Specifically, being married to a citizen of South Africa reduces the residency requirement from four years to only two years (both two years of marriage and two years of residency, which may be concurrent) after which the foreigner is eligible to apply for naturalization. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain Icelandic citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of Iceland?
Yes. Marriage is marriage in Iceland, whether same-sex or opposite-sex. Both are treated the same. If you have been married for four years to an Icelandic citizen, you are eligible for naturalization after living in Iceland for three years, as opposed to the seven years that would be required if you… were not married to a citizen of Iceland. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain Dutch citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of the Netherlands?
Yes, they can. Same-Sex marriage is by all rights equal to Opposite-sex marriage. It is a legal process and you will acquire Dutch citizenship like you would were you to marry a person of the opposite sex. That said, I'd like to wish you a happy life with your partner.
Yes. Same-sex marriage is treated the same as any other marriage in Sweden. Naturalization is not automatic, however, and an application must be made. The length of time of required residency is reduced if the foreigner is married to a Swedish citizen.
Yes, same-sex marriage is legal in Mexico following an August 2010 decision by the Mexican Supreme Court. Although some Mexican states may balk at recognizing same-sex marriage, they are required to by federal law and immigration is regulated by a federal agency. Yes. The foreign same-sex spouse of… a Mexican citizen is eligible for naturalization after two years of residency in Mexico. (MORE)
Yes. Although same-sex marriage cannot be performed in Israel (because of religious rules, not civil law), foreign same-sex marriages are recognized by the Israeli government. All Jews are entitled to immigrate to Israel and all spouses of Jews are entitled to naturalization as well. There is no spe…cial right granted to the spouse of an Israeli citizen, however. But, as long as one of the spouses is a Jew, then Israeli law will permit naturalization, at the discretion of the government. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain Austrian citizenship by virtue of same-sex registered partnership with a citizen of Austria?
It is unclear. Austria has very restrictive immigration laws. A foreigner who has been legally married to an Austrian citizen for at least five years is eligible for naturalization after six years of continuous residency in Austria. What is unclear is if this applies to same-sex registered partners.… (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain Brazilian citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage with a citizen of Brazil?
Yes. In Brazil, unregistered same-sex cohabitation brings the same rights and responsibilities as legal marriage, explicitly including immigration rights. This means reducing the length of required residency from fifteen years to merely one year before a foreigner is eligible for naturalization.
Can a foreigner obtain Colombian citizenship by virtue of same-sex de facto union with a citizen of Colombia?
Yes. De facto unions can be registered or unregistered in Colombia. Constitutionally, they bring all the same rights and responsibilities of marriage. The de facto status begins after two years of living together. After two years of residence, a de facto partner may apply for naturalization.
Can a foreigner obtain Czech citizenship by virtue of same-sex registered partnership with a citizen of the Czech Republic?
Czech registered partnerships only grant some rights and responsibilities associated with legal marriage. It is not clear whether partnership with a Czech citizen would permit waiver of the five-year residency period for naturalization, as does marriage.
Can a foreigner obtain Danish citizenship by virtue of same-sex registered partnership with a citizen of Denmark?
Yes, Danish registered partnerships include immigration rights. This shortens the naturalization process from the usual 9 years of residence to a minimum of 6 years of residence.
Can a foreigner obtain Ecuadorian citizenship by virtue of same-sex civil union with a citizen of Ecuador?
Yes, the Constitution of Ecuador now allows all of the same rights and responsibilities as legal marriage to same-sex couples, except for adoption. This includes immigration rights.
Can a foreigner obtain Finnish citizenship by virtue of same-sex registered partnership with a citizen of Finland?
Yes, Finland grants virtually all the same rights and responsibilities of legal marriage to same-sex registered partners and immigration rights are explicitly among them. So, after four years of continuous residence (or six years non-continuous since age 15), the foreign partner of a Finnish citizen… may apply for naturalization. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain Slovenian citizenship by virtue of same-sex registered partnership with a citizen of Slovenia?
Yes. Slovenian same-sex registered partnerships are the equivalent of legal marriage for all rights except joint adoption. So, a foreign registered same-sex partner of a Slovenian citizen, who has been registered for a minimum of two years, may, after one year of residence in Slovenia, apply for nat…uralization. This is the same requirement as for foreign spouses. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain French citizenship by virtue of same-sex civil pact of solidarity with a citizen of France?
That is possible. When married (in France, marriage is not permitted between same-sex partners): it is possible to obtain French citizenship after having married a French national. You must have been married for at least four years to apply, and been living permanently and lawfully in France duri…ng these four years. You are granted a resident card in the meanwhile, until you can obtain (or are denied) French citizenship. French citizenship granted that way may be cancelled if you stop living together. The foreign partner has to justify of his/her assimilation (speaking French, having a minimal knowledge of the French governing system and French society at large - including main laws and lifestyle - working, etc...). The application process can last from six months to one year and a half. Pacs partners . There is no difference wether you are same-sex partners or not. Obtaining French citizenship is a bit more complicated than when married. It is necessary that you have been living together for five years, before you are allowed to apply. The PACS contract is taken into account when deciding if you will be issued a resident card, but it is not mandatory for the state to issue one. As in marriage, the partner has to justify of his/her assimilation in mainstream French society. The application process will probably last more one year at least. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain Swiss citizenship by virtue of same-sex registered partnership with a citizen of Switzerland?
It is not clear. Switzerland does grant many of the rights and responsibilities of legal marriage to registered same-sex partners, but it is unclear whether this includes immigration rights. The heterosexual spouse of a citizen of Switzerland is entitled to residency and, after five years of residen…cy may apply for naturalization.. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain Uruguayan citizenship by virtue of same-sex civil union with a citizen of Uruguay?
It is not clear. Uruguay does grant "many" of the rights and responsibilities of legal marriage to same-sex partners in a Civil Union ("union concubinaria"), but it is unclear whether this includes immigration rights. The heterosexual spouse of a citizen of Uruguay is entitled to residency and, afte…r five years of residency may apply for naturalization. (MORE)
Can a foreigner obtain German citizenship by virtue of same-sex registered partnership with a citizen of Germany?
Yes, provided the partner can prove rudimentary skills in German and passes the test for these skills. Married couples and parnershipped couples do not differ in Germany in this aspect.
Can a foreigner obtain Croatian citizenship by virtue of same-sex relationship with a citizen of Croatia?
Yes. Although Same-sex marriage is prohibited by Croatian law, in July 2014, the Croatian parliament legalized same-sex "life partnerships" which have all the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, with the exception of adoption rights. Between 2003 and 2014, same-sex partners were required …to live together for a minimum of three years in order to receive the same rights which are now available immediately upon completing a ceremony in the town council. (MORE)
According to a September 2011 Public Policy Polling survey, 28% supported same-sex marriage and 34% supported civil unions. 37% of respondents in Missouri opposed all legal recognition of same-sex relationships. 1% were undecided..
What percent of residents of Washington support the legalization of same-sex marriage in that state?
According to an October 2011 University of Washington poll, 55% would vote in favor of a referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. 38% of respondents in that state would vote against same-sex marriage..
Currently, all northeastern states permit same-sex couples to marry(in chronological order): . Massachusetts (May 17, 2004); . Connecticut (November 12, 2008); . Vermont (September 1, 2009); . New Hampshire (January 1, 2010); . New York (July 24, 2011); . Maine (November 6, 2012); . Rhode Is…land (August 1, 2013); . New Jersey (October 21, 2013); and, . Pennsylvania (May 20, 2104). (MORE)
Foreign residents may apply for citizenship based on their same-sex marriage to a citizen in 19 countries worldwide. The United States is not one of those countries.
Can an illegal alien can become a legal resident of the United States if in a same-sex marriage with a citizen?
Yes. A same-sex spouse can sponsor a foreigner for legal residency.The problem is, however, that if you entered the country illegally,you must pay the penalty for illegal entry into the United States.This is usually a 10-year exile in your country of origin. If youentered legally but overstayed your… visa, then the process is mucheasier. (MORE)
Yes, by marrying a Dane, you shorten the naturalization process from the usual 9 years of residence to a minimum of 6 years of residence.
If a foreigner marries a US citizen of the same sex in Vermont can the foreigner obtain US permanent resident status?
Yes. Effective June 26, 2013, an American citizen may sponsor a foreign, same-sex spouse for permanent resident status.
Can a foreigner obtain EU citizenship by virtue of same-sex marriage to a citizen of Italy celebrated in a country who allows same-sex marriage such as the Netherlands?
It seems like the answer is no. You become an EU citizen when you are a citizen of an EU member. Italian citizens are all EU citizens because Italy is an EU member. You cannot obtain EU citizenship without becoming a citizen of a specific member nation of the EU. Unfortunately, you cannot apply fo…r Italian citizenship based upon same-sex marriage to a citizen of Italy since Italy does not currently recognize same-sex marriages. You can, however, apply for Italian citizenship by naturalization as an individual without relying upon your marriage to an Italian. You must legally reside in Italy for 10 years before applying for naturalization. Another option is for you and your Italian husband to move to another EU country and both apply for citizenship there, but this might be more difficult or take more time. Your family can apply for Belgian citizenship after only 2 years of legal residence, for example. However, it is likely that Italy will recognize same-sex marriage before ten years from now. If Italy does begin to recognize same-sex marriage, then you would need to reside legally in Italy for 2 years after marriage before applying, or be married to an Italian for 3 years if you live abroad. That timeframe is likely to be retroactive, especially is same-sex marriage is legalized by court decision rather than legislatively. (MORE)
Same-sex marriage has just been legalized (2013) in France. It hasbeen said during the debate that a foreigner could obtain Frenchcitizenship by marrying a French national. That hasn't happenedyet. There has been one application so far (early 2014) accordingto the press, but the process of getting F…rench citizenship thatway is quite long. It is frequent to wait for four or five years,and have to give clear evidence that the community of marriage isreal, before being accepted. (MORE)
Same-sex marriage is already legal on the federal level in the United States. However, since marriage has always been controlled by state law, the legality of entering into a same-sex marriage varies from state to state. Currently, some states permit same-sex couples to marry, but most do not. The n…umber of states permitting and recognizing same-sex marriages continues to grow slowly. It is likely that same-sex marriage will eventually become legal in all 50 US states, although that may be many years from now. (MORE)
In the United States, all persons are guaranteed equal protection under the law. No one has the right to violate the constitutional rights of Americans.
Gay and lesbian couples want to marry the person they love, make a lifetime commitment, provide stability and protect their families. Attempts in the past to create marriage-like legal unions have failed to provide the same protections as legal marriage. Marriage provides a platform on which to buil…d a committed relationship that can be, and must be, recognized by the community. Legalizing same sex marriage is a way to extend civil rights to all our citizens. Marriage bestows a host of legal rights that are not available to committed partners otherwise. . As with any marriage, a gay or lesbian marriage affects no other marriage but their own. It harms no one. Gay and lesbian couples share the same values as heterosexual couples. For all these reasons and the reality that thinking people are finding it harder and harder to justify discrimination against committed same sex couples, same sex marriage is rapidly becoming a norm in the United States. . (MORE)