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Pride Month and Immigration

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, a time to celebrate the progress that has been made in the fight for LGBTQIA+ equality. It is also a time to remember the work that still needs to be done.

One area where progress is happening is in the area of immigration. The United States does not discriminate against immigration based on sexual preference. This means that LGBTQIA+ people are eligible for all of the same immigration benefits as non-LGBTQIA+ people.

This is a significant change from the past. In the early 2000s, the United States government denied asylum to LGBTQIA+ people fleeing persecution in their home countries. This was because the government did not recognize sexual orientation as a form of persecution.

In 2010, the United States government changed its policy and began to recognize sexual orientation as a form of persecution. This change made it possible for LGBTQIA+ people to seek asylum in the United States.

In addition to asylum, LGBTQIA+ people are also eligible for other immigration benefits available to straight people, such as green cards, visas, and citizenship. These benefits allow LGBTQIA+ people to live and work in the United States.

If You Want To Move To The United States

Here are some tips for people who are considering immigrating to the United States:

  • Do your research. There are many resources available to help you learn about the immigration process and your options.
  • Get help from an immigration attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options and can represent you in the immigration process.
  • Be prepared to provide documentation. The immigration process requires you to provide documentation to support your application. This documentation may include your passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, and proof of employment or education.
  • Be patient. The immigration process can take several months or even years, whether you are gay or straight. Be patient, and don’t give up.

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We Help Immigrant Make America Home

An experienced immigration lawyer can help LGBTQAI+ and gender-neutral individuals determine their eligibility for immigration. We can also help update their immigration documents and other services. Mario Godoy and the other immigration attorneys at the Godoy Law Office can assess your situation and advise you on your best options. Call today at 630-912-0322.  

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