President Obama Signs Law that Changes the Visa Waiver Program

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029) (the “Law”) which not only funded the government through September 30, 2016, but also made several changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Read the full Alert. Questions? Contact a member of our Immigration Team.

Immigration Alert: The Effect of The Government Shutdown on Immigration Matters

On October 1, 2013 MBBP published a new Immigration Alert: The Effect of The Government Shutdown on Immigration Matters. As a result of Congress being unable to agree to fund the government, it has been “shutdown” until the funding has been secured. This will have a major effect on government services that are not fee-based. For those …

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Update – Government Agencies Extend More Immigration Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

By: Grant W. Godfrey We have previously written about the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision in the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). DOMA had prohibited the Federal Government from recognizing same-sex marriages by defining the word “marriage” as a legal union between one man and one woman. We also …

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Impact of the Supreme Court Striking Down the Defense of Marriage Act on Immigration

By: Grant Godfrey On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), ruling in a 5-4 decision that the law violates the rights of gays and lesbians and intrudes into states’ rights to define and regulate marriage. DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even …

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