Francois Conradie had no idea he was going to be part of history when he paid a visit to the US Consulate General in Amsterdam last Friday (2 August) for his L2 visa interview.
He was surprised by Consul General Randy Berry, who personally presented Conradie with the printed visa placed in his passport.
‘This is the first derivative visa we have had the privilege of issuing to the same-sex spouse of a visa applicant in Amsterdam after the U.S. Supreme Court repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act,’ Berry stated on the consulate’s homepage.
He added: ‘We are excited to have the opportunity to reunite families that are immigrating, or in this case, help keep families together that are going to work in the United States.’
Conradie was moving to New York and the L2 visa is the document that allows the dependent spouse of qualified L-1 visa holders to enter into the US.
Conradie posted a short message of gratitude on thye consulate’s Facebook page: ‘Thank you all at the consulate for your friendly and professional handling of your visitors.’
Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that visa applications of same-sex married couples would now be treated just like applications from opposite-sex spouses.
Kerry said: ‘The State Department, which has always been at the forefront of equality in the federal government, I’m proud to say, is tearing down an unjust and an unfair barrier that for too long stood in the way of same-sex families being able to travel as a family to the United States.’