LGBTQ Immigration

Orlando LGBTQ Immigration Attorneys

Supporting Immigrants of Every Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families can often face unique difficulties when attempting to immigrate. No matter who you love or how you choose to identify, you deserve compassionate legal representation.

Our Orlando LGBTQ immigration lawyers at Angel Law Firm, PL have experience helping clients of numerous sexual orientations and gender identities explore their legal options for living and working in the United States. We have an extensive knowledge of the U.S. immigration system and are familiar with the specific obstacles and challenges that you may face as a result of your identity. Our team can work to enforce your rights to deliver the results that you need.

No matter what immigration challenges you face, our team is prepared to help you achieve your American dream. Call (407) 337-8799 or contact us online to discuss your case.

Difficulty Obtaining Marriage Visas for Same-Sex Couples

The landmark Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor established that same-sex marriages must be afforded the same benefits as those of heterosexual marriages in the U.S. immigration system. As a result, LGBTQ couples have the right to petition for marriage-based green cards.

Same-sex couples can sometimes have difficulty providing certain types of evidence that can support the legitimacy of the marriage. Not all states explicitly LGBTQ-related discrimination in housing and employment, so many individuals fear persecution from landlords or employers if they list their same-sex spouse on their lease, rental agreement, mortgage, employment-sponsored insurance policy, or employment emergency contact form.

The workaround to this issue is to provide other documents that prove that you live together. This might include providing copies of both of your driver’s licenses sharing the same address, joint utility bills, or joint bank account statements.

Any previous marriages to heterosexual partners can also present a challenge for LGBTQ couples. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will likely probe the circumstances of any previous marriages, which you are required to disclose as part of your visa petition.

You may face substantial scrutiny if you previously sought a marriage visa through a heterosexual marriage. USCIS officials may assume your previous marriage was fraudulent, which can imperil your current immigration effort. You will likely be subject to intense lines of questioning in these situations. Our team can help you prepare how to honestly and effectively answer.

It is possible that you could experience homophobic discrimination during your in-person interview with a USCIS official or at any point during the application process. Though USCIS officials are instructed to make no distinction between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples, they still have a fair amount of discretion in approving or rejecting petitions. Our Orlando LGBTQ attorneys can help you explore your options if you believe your visa application was improperly rejected on discriminatory grounds.

Seeking Asylum or Refugee Status as an LGBTQ Individual

Many countries throughout the world are not tolerant of LGBTQ identities and orientations. Some even prosecute, imprison, and punish LGBTQ populations. If you have a well-founded fear that your sexual orientation or gender identity may lead to future persecution in your home country, you may be eligible for asylum or refugee status in the United States.

To qualify for asylum, you must prove that you legitimately fear you could be harmed or imprisoned as a result of your race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, or membership in a particular social group. Though sexual orientation and gender identities are not explicitly named, they are in many cases covered as a “particular social group,” especially if your home country is known to be intolerant of LGBTQ individuals.

We can assist you in pursuing asylum or refugee protection if you believe that your LGBTQ status will result in your persecution should you return to your home country. If you are already in the United States and are placed in removal proceedings, we may be able to help you avoid deportation by requesting asylum on these grounds.

LGBTQ Hate Crime Protections

If you are in the United States without legal status and are the victim of an LGBTQ-related hate crime or another serious criminal matter, you should consider reporting the offense to the police. While doing so could expose your undocumented status, survivors of qualifying crimes can sometimes be afforded deportation protection and additional immigration options. We can assess your situation and determine if this is the best course of action.

Our Orlando LGBTQ immigration lawyers at Angel Law Firm, PL has experience helping our clients overcome numerous obstacles related to their gender identity or sexual orientation. If you are experiencing any difficulty in seeking an immigration benefit as a result of your LGBTQ status, we are prepared to help.

Contact us online or call (407) 329-7711 to schedule a consultation. We offer our services in English and Spanish.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Long-Term Partnerships

    Many of our happy clients start with one service but come back for assistance with other legal matters. When you work with us once, you can work with us for a lifetime.

  • Tailored Solutions for Each Client

    Our team is very detail-oriented and is dedicated to providing solutions fit to your unique case.

  • Personalized Attention

    Our attorneys meet with clients as soon as they come to us and handle cases personally until they are resolved.

  • Bilingual Staff

    Our staff provides legal services in both English and Spanish.

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