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Unfortunately, married couples or those planning to marry can face separation if they don’t plan ahead. When and where the couple was married, whether one party already was in the U.S. legally and other factors can make a big difference in how the government views the marriage for immigration purposes.
We encourage couples to consult us before a marriage to ensure they are taking the right steps that will protect them. We also work with same-sex and transgender couples, and while these marriages now have legal protection in the U.S., it should not be assumed the government will recognize such marriages under immigration laws. Again, proper planning usually will allow a couple to be compliant with U.S. laws.