The Supreme Court's June 26, 2013 ruling that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional is good news for bi-national same-sex married couples. It is now possible for a U.S. citizen to file an immigration visa petition on behalf of a foreign national spouse of the same-sex.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State have issued the following FAQs regarding the ability to apply for a visa for a same-sex spouse after the fall of DOMA:

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