Following the immigration news that broke over the weekend, MetroWeekly has received confirmation from Christopher Bentley, the spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, that decisions regarding green card applications for binational same-sex couples have been put on hold based on questions surrounding DOMA.
Bentley writes, "USCIS has issued guidance to the field asking that related cases be held in abeyance while awaiting final guidance related to distinct legal issues."
He notes, however, "USCIS has not implemented any change in policy and intends to follow the President's directive to continue enforcing the law."
The legal distinction means that although DOMA is still being enforced, the USCIS is using its discretion to hold off on denying green card applications where applicable.