Experienced Immigration Advocates for LGBTQ Individuals & Their Families
Immigration issues in the United States can be complex and difficult, and this is only magnified when those coming or staying in the country identify themselves as LGBTQ. While there have been many ground-breaking changes to U.S. law related to the LGBTQ community in the past several years, immigration laws and courts are still working to catch up with these changes.
That’s why we are sensitive to the issues encountered by our LGBTQ clients. We regularly handle situations involving a significant age difference, illegal entry into the United States, any prior heterosexual marriages, marriage fraud accusations, denied or pending immigration applications, waivers, polyamorous relationships, gender markers, and domestic violence and abuse.
Our clients typically have overstayed their visa or entered the U.S. without inspection, fallen in love with a U.S. citizen, and now would like to become permanent residents despite their immigration or relationship history. We also help those who found their match abroad and want to bring their loved one to the U.S. Most of our clients come to us referred by others in similar situations whom we have helped in the past and who have been happy with our services.
Ms. Kaplan has been an advocate of the LGBTQ community for over twenty years, and has been surrounded by friends and family who identify themselves as LGBTQ. She has developed an understanding of the issues surrounding them, including discrimination and particular immigration issues unique to them.
Ms. Kaplan is a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce where she has formed unique bonds with other LGBTQ-owned businesses empowering each other for mutual success and helping our community. This has led her to work with many individuals, couples, and families who need help with their immigration status.
Those in LGBTQ relationships can benefit greatly from working with an attorney who has experience representing people in similar situations. The following are just a few types of cases that require a unique approach to get the desired results:
- K-1 Fiancé Visas –The K-1 Fiancé Visa is an excellent option for those falling in love with someone outside the United States. Those in same-sex relationships, however, are often unjustly denied by immigration offices at consulates and embassies in certain countries. We will ensure everything is handled properly to prevent this type of injustice, or find a way to avoid it altogether.
- Asylum – Same-sex individuals and couples often face significant persecution in their home countries. If you, or your spouse or partner would be at risk if returning to your native land, we can petition for asylum to keep you safely in the United States. The asylum rules and laws have changed significantly in the past few months, and a full and complete application is necessary at the time of filing.
- Transgender Immigration Issues – Transgender individuals often face unnecessary and unjust discrimination when going through the immigration process, sometimes unintended or due to the officer not being sufficiently educated in the subject. We have experience working with those at all stages of their transition, and will fight for your rights.
- And Many More – The Law Office of Connie Kaplan has been helping the LGBTQ community with immigration issues for years, and we are ready to help you whatever your family law and/or immigration issue is.
Immigration laws and processes related to LGBTQ individuals are constantly changing, and we work hard to keep up with the latest practices. Our team will fight aggressively for your rights, and help you with all aspects of your Florida immigration case. Contact us to discuss your specific situation, and learn how we can help you today.