Immigration

Immigration Law

As a nationally recognized LGBT advocate and resource, our firm is proud to assist LGBT couples in navigating the new rights available to LGBT couples both in and out of same-sex marriage jurisdiction. Named as a top 25 LGBT owned business this past year in Philadelphia Business Journal, we are knowledgeable and understanding about the unique circumstances of out LGBT clients.

With the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, U.S. citizens and permanent residents can now sponsor their same-sex partners. Gay and lesbian U.S. citizens may immediately begin petitioning for their fiancés living overseas, and both citizens and residents can now start the immigration process for their foreign-born spouses. Because Immigration policy is based on Place of Celebration vs. Place of Residency, LGBT individuals married in a marriage recognition state like, for example, New York, but living in a Non-recognition state like Pennsylvania, may still petition for their partner’s citizenship.

Citizenship Naturalization

Today, immigrants hoping to join America’s melting pot are not always met with welcoming arms, a sentiment all too familiar to many LGBT individuals. Achieving citizenship in the United States is considered one of the most difficult processes worldwide.  There are many approaches to earning citizenship and the exhaustive process requires an attorney that is up-to-date on immigration legislation and has the experience and understanding to guide your process and present you to USCIS.

As LGBT advocacy leaders in-the-know about current legislation and developments, GLG has a thorough understanding of the necessary application forms, legal processes, and stipulations that will help you achieve citizenship naturalization in the United States of America.

Employment Based Visas

The United States was founded for and prides itself on its diversity and work ethic, and makes available approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas each year to qualified applicants under the provision of U.S. immigration law.

Family Based Visas

At GLG, we understand and value family.  The USCIS has many different routes available, by which one can help immigrate their family to the United States.  Not only are we well-versed in making this happen quickly at GLG, but we are also able to assist your family in obtaining the qualifications necessary to work in the United States and travel comfortably in and out of the country.  We provide extensive consultation to you and your family, in order to prepare you for the interview process.  Furthermore, we are excited to announce that same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, along with their minor children, are now eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses!  Having been active in the LGBT community since start-up, GLG is beyond prepared to assist same-sex couples in the immigration process.

  • Adjustment of Status & Consular processing
  • Fiance petitions
  • Immediate Relative Petitions (unlimited distribution)
  • Preference petitions (limited distribution)
  • Widow petitions
  • Applications under the Violence Against Women Act
  • 245(i) Eligibility
  • Child Status Protection Act

Deportation Defense

The removal proceedings are a very complex process and can be the result of a number of things; whether one is being expelled for unlawful entry, criminal charges, or an expired visa, GLG is prepared to investigate and challenge the allegations brought forth by the court, and fight for the right to stay in the United States.

  • Cancellation of Removal
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Deferred Action
  • NACARA
  • Asylum
  • Witholding of Removal
  • Deferral of Removal under the Convention Against Torture