Listening Session - LGBT Community
Questions and Answers June 9, 2010
Applications Submitted by Transsexual Individuals, Visiting Same Sex Partners in the United States, Resettlement for LGBT Refugees, and Training for Refugee and Asylum Officers
Questions and Answers
Q. Is the guidance on USCIS document issuance contained in the 2004 memorandum “Adjudication of Petitions and Applications Filed by on or Behalf of, or Document Requests by, Transsexual Individuals” still valid?
Q. When marital status is not relevant to the benefit being sought, how should same sex married couples complete USCIS forms (i.e. should they mark married or single)?
Q. If a nonimmigrant is granted a B-2 visa to accompany a same sex partner coming to the U.S. on an employment-based visa, USCIS generally does not grant extensions of the B-2. Is there any solution to this issue that can be implemented by USCIS?
Q. Many LGBT refugees are resettled in countries in which they continue to face the same level of intolerance as they did in their home countries. Is there a way to prioritize resettlement in the U.S. for this group?
Q. Can USCIS coordinate with UNHCR on training for UNHCR field officers?
Q. What training on LGBT issues is included in the Asylum Officer Basic Training Course (AOBTC)?
Q. Can the component of the AOBTC that covers LGBT issues be made available to refugee officers?
Q. What resources do asylum officers use to determine country conditions?
Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/15/2010