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Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Immigration Issues

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Chicago Immigration Attorneys - Immigration Solution for LGBTQ Noncitizens

Our Chicago immigration lawyers can help gay, lesbian, and transgender clients who face unique issues because not every country recognizes same-sex marriages. After years of institutionalized discrimination in the United States, on June 26, 2015, in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that "the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty." The Court held that "same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them." Obergefell v. Hodges, 14-556, 2015 WL 2473451 (U.S. June 26, 2015)

This decisions comes exactly two years from the June 26, 2013 United States Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675, 2695-96, 186 L. Ed. 2d 808 (2013), which held that the Defense of Marriage Act’s definition of marriage was unconstitutional and a deprivation of liberty interest protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Even though the United States no longer discriminates against same-sex couples, many countries do. Both secular and blasphemy laws in numerous countries criminalize same-sex relationships, and petitioning for a same-sex fiance or spouse in these countries presents different challenges.

If you are a gay, lesbian, queer or a transsexual person and would like to live with your loved one in the United States, contact our office for help. We will review the options available to you and your partner or spouse and will assist you in obtaining a proper status to live with your loved one in the United States. We will also ensure that your loved one can apply for a visa in a safe consulate to avoid danger on account of being in a same-sex relationship.

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Someone rear-ended my car last spring and I was injured. Peter and Sofia Zneimer and they staff were professional and were always available by phone. I knew that the insurance of the other driver wasn't very good but they were still able to settle my case promptly and I was satisfied with the money I received. Overall, a very good trusted experience. Natig M.
I highly recommend the services of Zneimer and Zneimer. I often seek legal advice from them related to my immigration status and way forward. Both Sofia and Peter are very detailed and quick in answering any question. I laud their professionalism and a very efficient team that works for them. Suman S.
I totally recommend Sofia, she is the best lawyer in Chicago area. She is very professional, very detailed with her work and supportive. She always goes above and beyond to ensure the best outcome. Caring, compassionate and only the best for your family. I won my case because of her professionalism and her knowledge of the law. Aurel P.
I have dealt with Sofia Zneimer since 2009. She is a great lawyer and has helped me tremendously in navigating the process of green card. She is a great resource to have by your side. She is easy to reach. She responds very quickly, which was very important for me. If she can’t answer the question the same day, she does let you know that she is working on it. I would have no hesitation in recruiting her. Hemant S.
I called Zneimer & Zneimer after I was rear-ended on the highway. Peter and Sofia Zneimer have been very helpful in dealing with the insurance company and getting money for my car damage. They are also handling my injury case. They answer all my questions and I am always able to reach them on the phone anytime I want to talk to them. I am confident in having them represent me. The best choice i ever made. Thank you! Emil G.