Call for Participants

Please note, due to social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, all subsequent interviews will take place remotely.

I am currently looking for participants (located anywhere!) for a study of queer and trans experiences with the US family immigration system. To participate or to get more information about the study, call or text me at (312) 218-8837.

About the study

The purpose of this study is to learn about marriage-based immigration to the United States from the perspectives of LGBTQ+ people. Interview questions focus on your experience with immigration processes, including ways that these processes and policies have influenced your relationships and quality of life.

Who can participate?

I am looking for interviewees ages 21 and older who 1) are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and/or have a same-sex partner* and 2) are currently undergoing or have previously undergone marriage-based immigration to the United States, and/or sponsored a fiancé or spouse for a visa, green card, or derivative refugee or asylee status.

*Please feel welcome to contact me if you don’t identify with one of these terms but think this study may be relevant to you.

I am interested in hearing from individuals and couples at all stages of the immigration process. LGBTQ+-identified people navigating US immigration in the context of both same-sex and different-sex relationships are welcome to participate.

If your application has been delayed or stopped because of the president’s executive order, I want to hear your story!

What is involved?

You are invited for one 60-minute interview conducted in your language of choice. I will provide an interpreter if one is needed. Together we will select a date and time that is convenient for you.

The interview will take place on BlueJeans, a secure video conferencing platform. (Click here to read about BlueJeans security, privacy, and data protection.) It is free to use and you can join from any device.

About the researcher

I am an assistant professor of women’s & gender studies. My previous research focused on LGBTQ+ family relationships in Taiwan. For published results of this work, see http://amybrainer.com/publications. My parents are US citizens who lived in mainland China for 20 years. I spent parts of my early life in China and developed an interest in family migration during this period. I identify as queer femme and navigated the US green card process with a T (butch/transmasculine) former partner. I’m glad to answer any questions you have about my own story and reasons for doing this research. You can call or text me directly at (312) 218-8837 or reach me by email, brainer@umich.edu.

You are welcome to download and share the flyers below with anyone you know who may be interested in taking part. Thank you!

This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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