The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.
The organisation was created in 1993, as Stonewall Immigration Group, by same sex couples and their lawyers to share information, lobby for change and inform and advise lesbians and gay men wanting to remain together in the UK on the basis of their relationship. Effective lobbying of New Labour while still in opposition resulted – after their election – in what was almost certainly the first equality initiative by any British government, the “unmarried partners concession”. At the outset in 1997, 4 yrs of prior cohabitation was required to qualify, reducing to 2 years in 1999, with the concession becoming law in 2000. In November 2004, the Civil Partnership Bill was passed. Once this legislation came into use in December 2005, it ensured equal immigration rights for same sex couples. More here
Since 2003, the focus of the group has been on assisting those who seek refuge in the UK from countries where LGBTI people are persecuted.
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