In this episode we talk to immigration attorney Heather Poole about the strike down of the Defense of Marriage Act and the impact on Immigration.
Heather is an experienced U.S. immigration attorney with 14 years of exclusively immigration law work, representing executives, professionals, individuals and families all over the world. She is frequent lecturer and trainer on immigration issues to national and regional bar associations, non-profit agencies, and private legal education providers. She is a published national author and attorney trainer on complex family and marriage-based immigration issues, holds a national liaison position for American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is current Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter… which is the 3rd largest group of immigration attorneys in the US.
In this episode you will hear:
- What was DOMA and how has the recent change in marriage equality impacted immigration
- How this change affects LGBT rights with respect to immigration
- Why it is importation to get the correct derivative US visa if in an LGBT relationship
- How training and implementation may be different at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection and Foreign Consulates
- How to protect your rights and actions to take domestically and abroad if you feel your LGBT Immigration issue is not being handled appropriately.
Heather also shares with us:
- Best Business Advice: Find your niche and do what you love
- Personal Success Habits: Very positive and optimistic, yet very organized. Outlook Junkie!
- Parting Thoughts: Ensure you seek a competent attorney and all forms are signed by an attorney
Heather has also worked with us to provide a brief document entitled: Know Your Options at the Border: Tips for Working with CBP at Entry. You can get your copy at the link below.