The Trump administration has enacted a measure that ends visas given for the unmarried same-sex partners of United Nations employees and diplomats.
Taking effect on Monday, the new policy states that to be eligible for a G-4 visa, the partner of a UN official must provide proof of marriage.
“Since 2009, the United Nations has been informed that the Department of State does not issue a G-4 visa for opposite-sex domestic partners,” noted a memo from Sept. 13.
“The diplomatic note informs the United Nations that the Department of State will not issue a G-4 visa for same-sex domestic partners. As of 1 October 2018, same sex domestic partners accompanying or seeking to join newly arrived United Nations officials must provide proof of marriage to be eligible for a G-4 visa or to seek a change into such status.”
Current UN officials with domestic partners have until New Year’s Eve to provide proof of marriage or they will have to leave the United States within 30 days unless they provide proof of marriage or receive authorization to remain in the country via a change of “non-immigrant status.”
“Moreover, to be eligible for a G-4 visa, the spouse of a United Nations official must not be a member of some other household and must reside regularly in the household of the principal,” added the memo.
The new policy is seen as especially problematic for unmarried same-sex couples, as only about 30 countries currently legally recognize same-sex marriage either nationwide or in some localities.
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Source: Christian Post