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We’re Married! Let’s Move to the U.S.! – Bringing Your Foreign-Citizen Spouse Into the U.S. (July 2020)

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

It may be surprising, but moving to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen spouse is not as simple as you might imagine. If you are a U.S. citizen working abroad and considering moving back to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen...more

Significant Changes to South African Immigration

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Critical Skills Work Visa is a newly introduced category which will replace the Quota and Exceptional Skills work permits. The role must be listed on the current Critical Skills list, and the applicant must obtain written...more

Illinois Passes Legislation Approving Same-Sex Marriage: What Does This Mean for Binational Same-Sex Couples?

by Ronald Shapiro on

On November 5, the Illinois legislature voted to pass legislation that legalizes same-sex marriage in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign the bill into law on November 20, 2013, and effective June 1, 2014, same-sex couples...more

An Immigration Guide for International Same-Sex Married Couples

by Ronald Shapiro on

As we recently reported, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of U.S. v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and President Obama subsequently directed federal government...more

Nonresident Alien Spouse Not Liable for Penalties

by Sanford Millar on

There are an unknown number of U.S. citizens married to nonresident aliens. Many of these taxpayers have filed joint income tax returns. Most are likely to have filed joint income tax returns (Form 1040) without having...more

Should Married Nonresident Aliens Elect Joint Return Status?

by Sanford Millar on

The recent decisions of the US Supreme Court, (in the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 cases) to strike down anti-gay marriage legislation may very well produce an increase in immigrant marriages. The actual number...more

DOMA Project Explains Green Card “Basics” for Same-Sex Couples

by Ronald Shapiro on

The DOMA Project, a non-profit group fighting to stop deportations and separations of same-sex bi-national couples who are immigration casualties of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), has created a video about “green card...more

Three Reasons International Families Should Consider Qualified Domestic Trusts

What kind estate planning is advisable for individuals with a non US citizen spouse? In most cases, a decedent’s estate may be transferred to a US citizen spouse without any estate tax, thanks to a high exclusion amount for...more

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