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Australia
Canada
France
United Kingdom
United States
Further Resources
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International
International Lesbian Gay Association
ilga.org

Not an immigration group per se, the ILGA is an excellent resource. It is a worldwide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbians and gay men through worldwide cooperation. It focuses public and government attention on discrimination cases by supporting programs and protest actions, asserting diplomatic pressure, providing information and working with the international media.

ILGA, Kolenmarkt 81 1000 Brussels, Belgium
phone/fax: + 32-2-502.24.71; ilga@ilga.org

Love Exiles Foundation
loveexiles.org

LEF supports GLBT couples who have chosen, or are considering, exile in order to be together.

Love Exiles Foundation
(+31) (0)20 679 0523; loveexiles@xs4all.nl

The following affiliates have their own Web groups, however, for access they require signing up for a yahoo account. This requirement compromised privacy.

LEF - Australia
groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveExilesAustralia

LEF - Canada
groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveExilesCanada

LEF - Netherlands
groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveExilesNL
loveexiles@xs4all.nl

LEF - Spain
groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveExilesSpain

LEF - U.K.
Love Exiles UK - Online Community
loveexilesuk-owner@yahoogroups.com

Australia
Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force

These loosely affiliated groups aim to achieve equality in the Australian immigration system for gay and lesbian couples. They assist couples making residency applications where one partner is not an Australian Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident, or an Eligible New Zealand citizen, and to ensure that changes in immigration policy take into account the needs of people who are lesbian or gay.

GLITF
glitf.org.au
Box 400, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Australia
(+61) (02) 9380-5950; fact line: 1902-262-155 ($1/min. charge); glitf@dot.net.au

GLITF South Australia
sa.glitf.org.au
GLITF SA Inc., 2 Eton Road, Keswick SA 5035, Australia
(+61) 488 445 078; info@sa.glitf.org.au

GLITF Victoria
glitfvic.org.au
PO Box 2387, Richmond South, Victoria 3121, Australia
0431 738 526; +61431 738 526; glitf_vic@yahoo.com.au

GLITF Queensland (Inc.)
glitf.org
PO Box 378, Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4064
Phone/fax (07) 3367 0731; trobinson6@bigpond.com

Canada
Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force (LEGIT)
legit.ca

LEGIT is an organization of volunteers helping same-sex couples who wish to live together in Canada. Many volunteers are couples who have been successful in settling in Canada. While they are not lawyers, they provide peer support and hope this information is helpful.

Founded in 1991, LEGIT has successfully aided thousands of binational couples to gain permanent residence in Canada. The Toronto branch, alone, has assisted thousands of couples, since 1994, and has had successful couples from more than 65 different countries.

Because LEGIT has no ongoing funding, it depends on your assistance and donations.

LEGIT - Vancouver (languages spoken: English, Spanish)
1170 Bute St., Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z6
vancouver@legit.ca
Meets the last Thursday of every month (except December) at 7:30-9:30pm

LEGIT-Québec (languages spoken: English, French)
1093 des pins, Blainville, QC J7C 1V3
514-906-7730 or 418-263-1330; info@legit-qc.ca
legit-qc.ca
Québec has immigration regulations different from the other Canadian provinces.

LEGIT-Toronto (languages spoken: English, ASL at meetings [with sufficient notice])
PO Box 111 Station F, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2L4
416-392-6874 (Church Street Community Centre); toronto@legit.ca
Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month 7-10pm


Citizenship and Immigration Canada / Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada

How to apply for citizenship from the Canadian government:
cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp (English) / cic.gc.ca/francais/index.asp (en Français)
Note: Canadian Immigration Information:
The interim policy on same-sex marriages was repealed in December 2006. As a result, same-sex marriages are required to be recognized for all immigration purposes, as long as the marriage is legally recognized both under Canadian law and, where the marriage occurred outside of Canada, in the country where the ceremony occurred.

France
ARDHIS

L’Ardhis a pour mission de défendre et de promouvoir les droits au séjour et à l’asile des personnes homosexuelles et transsexuelles étrangères en France. / Mission: To defend and promote the rights of residence and asylum of homosexual and transgendered persons in France.

Centre LGBT Paris Ile-de-France
63 rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris
06 62 54 88 05; contact@ardhis.org
Retrouvez-nous les 1er et 3ème mardis du mois de 18h à 20h / Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 6-8pm
ardhis.org

United Kingdom
UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group
uklgig.org.uk

Formerly the Stonewall Immigration Group, UKLGIG is a volunteer-based organization providing information and advice on immigration rights for same-sex couples and asylum seekers.

UKLGIG, P.O. Box 51524, London, SE1 7ZW
helpline: (+44) (0)20 7922 7811; admin@uklgig.org.uk
Especially see their highly informative article:
“Civil Partnership Guide”
uklgig.org.uk/civil_partnership.htm

United States
Resources

Organizations
Asylum & Immigration (was Immigration Project)
nclrights.org/explore-the-issues/asylum-immigration

Since 1994, NCLR established this national project dedicated to immigration issues. Since those early years NCLR has provided free legal assistance to thousands of LGBT immigrants nationwide. Offers free phone advice and clinics.

Asylum & Immigration - National Center for Lesbian Rights
870 Market St., #570, San Francisco, CA 94102
Noemi Calonje, Project Director (se habla español)
415-392-6257; immigration@nclrights.org

Immigration Law Project of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center

Offers advice and advocacy on U.S. immigration, no direct legal representation.

Immigration Law Project
1625 N. Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028-6213
323-993-7670 x3

Immigration Equality
immigrationequality.org

Fights for equal immigration rights for same-sex couples, helps LGBT/HIV+ refugees fleeing persecution win asylum in the US, and works for an end to the HIV immigration ban. Resources include a pro bono asylum network and information about gay or gay-friendly immigration lawyers around the country. Chapters in many cities provide support and advocacy opportunities. Responds to queries within a week. Formerly called the “Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force.”

National Headquarters:
40 Exchange Place, #1705, New York, NY 10005, USA
(+1) 212-714-2904; fax: (+1) 212-714-2973

Washington, DC Office:
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, #250, Washington, DC 20005, USA
(+1) 202-347-0002

LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative
immigrantjustice.org/programs/lgbt-immigrant-rights-initiative

The National Immigrant Justice Center’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative partners with pro bono attorneys to provide free legal representation for LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers who have been persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The initiative expands its reach through the Asylum Documentation Project, which collects and disseminates evidence via asylumlaw.org to support cases of refugees seeking protection from human rights violations based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. The documentation project also receives civil and human rights conditions complaints from LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants detained in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security.

National Immigrant Justice Center
208 South LaSalle St., #1818, Chicago, IL 60604
daraujo@heartlandalliance.org

Out4Immigration
out4immigration.org

A volunteer grassroots organization that addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of U.S. immigration laws on the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and HIV+ people and their families through education, outreach, advocacy and the maintenance of a resource and support network.

Out4Immigration
PO Box 14073, San Francisco, CA 94114
info@out4immigration.org
groups.yahoo.com/groups/out4immigration

United States Citizenship & Immigration Service
uscis.gov

A Bureau of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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