Australia Immigration proved friendlier for Same-Sex couples compared to USA or India – read what Cyrus Mistry had to say to The Times of India
MUMBAI: Rohan (name changed), who was working in the USA on an H-1B visa, was shocked to learn that he could not sponsor his same-sex partner for an H-4 dependent visa. Immigration laws of the US do not recognise any non-marital relationships.
The Supreme Court of India has recently ended the criminalisation of homosexuality. However, the marriage of same-sex couples is still not permitted in India. In this backdrop, other countries like Canada, Australia and the UK, which recognise conjugal co-habitation between same-sex partners, provided the couple has lived together for a certain number of years, prove friendlier from the immigration perspective. For countries like the US, Indian couples have the option of getting married in a country where it is recognised.
Cyrus Mistry, Perth-based director of EasyMigrate Consultancy Services, told TOI:
Even before Australia legalised same-sex marriage, the immigration department had a special visa category called ‘Interdependent Relationship’ to meet the needs of same-sex partners. Today, both a married relationship or a ‘de facto’ relationship is recognised for immigration purposes.
The same-sex couple could be’married’ if their country allows for it or they can be a ‘de-facto’ couple who have been living together for the last twelve months.
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