Reminder: Deadline for Requesting Reopening of DOMA-Based Denials Is March 31, 2014

Shortly after the Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Windsor, striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, USCIS issues a series of FAQs explaining how the change in law would impact future applications and petitions for immigration benefits based on marriages between same-sex couples, as well as the treatment of cases that were denied prior to the change in law.

AILA Liaison reminds members of the March 31, 2014 deadline for requesting that USCIS reopen a petition or application based on a marriage between same-sex couples that was denied prior to February 23, 2011. To request reopening, send an e-mail to USCIS at and note that you believe the petition was denied on the basis of DOMA section 3.

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