The United States will immediately begin issuing immigrant visas to same-sex couples, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday.
Speaking at the U.S. Embassy in London, Kerry said the applications will be given the same consideration as heterosexual couples.
“If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. If you are the spouse of a non-citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. If you are in a country that doesn’t recognize your same-sex marriage, then your visa application will still be treated equally at every single one of our 222 visa processing centers around the world,” he said.
As long as the marriage is valid in the jurisdiction, either U.S. or foreign country where it took place, it is valid for immigration purposes, the State Department said in statement. An engaged couple who cannot marry in the foreign fiancé’s country can apply for a fiancé(e) (K) visa.