‘Unusual’ cases

DAVID TAFFET |  Senior Staff Writer | Dallas Voice | January 15, 2016

Jenny Nolan left an abusive family in Ireland last April and came to Texas on a visa waiver, a program that allows people from certain countries to visit the U.S. for three months without a formal document.

Once she was here, Nolan met Lily Flores. The two fell in love and married in Collin County right after the Obergefell decision legalized same-sex marriage throughout the U.S. They immediately began the process of applying for a green card for Nolan, a document entitling the spouse of an American citizen to remain in the U.S.

Because Flores is a student, Nolan’s form was rejected at one point because immigration officials wanted proof that Nolan would have adequate financial support. The couple live with Penny Abbott in her Plano home. Abbott said she signed papers guaranteeing that additional support and Nolan was told to reapply — with no deadline given.

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