United States visas denied to same-sex partners of diplomats

United States visas denied to same-sex partners of diplomats

United States visas denied to same-sex partners of diplomats

According to a notice posted on the State Department website, the us will now consider applications from same-sex partners of diplomats and worldwide officials the same way it does for heterosexual partners. However, in many situations registering a marriage could put same-sex couples at risk in a way that privately providing evidence of a domestic partnership would not have done.

Foreign Policy magazine, which first reported the story, estimated that there are at least 10 current United Nations employees who would need to get married in order to get their partners' visas renewed.

The new policy is a reversal of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2009 decision to allow same-sex domestic partners of foreign officials diplomatic visas. That means many gay couples would have to come to the US on a tourist visa to get married before they could return for one of them to work for the U.N. Some couples could also face the decision between getting married so they could stay together in the USA and being persecuted back home.

Only 12 percent of the countries in the world recognize same-sex marriage.

Effective Oct. 1, "U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses", the State Department said on its website.

Human Rights Watch deputy U.N. director, Akshaya Kumar, said the policy would "tear LGBT U.N. staff" from their partners, according to Time.

US President Donald Trump's administration has begun denying visas to unmarried, same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees, the media reported.


Starting today, United Nations staff, including those working at global headquarters in NY, will need proof of marriage to secure visas allowing their partners to reside with them in the US.

Diplomats with same-sex partners will have until the end of December to get married, or their partners will be sent home in January.

An exception in the policy applies for same-sex partners of diplomats coming from countries that do not recognize same-sex marriage, but do accredit same sex spouses of American diplomats.

Samantha Power, a former USA ambassador to the United Nations, denounced the new policy on Twitter as "needlessly cruel & bigoted".

Married same-sex spouses - like opposite-sex spouses - will still be eligible to enter the country, but it remains illegal in most countries around the world for same-sex couples to Wednesday.

"The change in policy ensures consistent treatment between opposite-sex partners and same-sex partners by requiring that same-sex partners, like opposite-sex partners, must marry to qualify for derivative diplomatic visas", a state department official told CNN.

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