Life Act of 2000

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On December 21, 2000, the LIFE (Legal Immigration Family Equity) Act was signed into law.

Section 245(i) was extended to people physically present in the United States on the date of the law’s enactment. It allows persons who qualify for permanent residence, but who are ineligible their status adjust status in the U.S., to pay a $1,000 penalty and adjust their status in the U.S. To qualify, the person must be the beneficiary of an immigrant petition or application for labor certification filed on or before April 30, 2001.

The LIFE Act also created a new temporary K-3 visa status available to spouses of U.S. citizens (and their children) living abroad.

The Act created a new temporary “V” visa status was made available to spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents waiting more than three years for an immigrant visa based upon an immigrant petition filed on or before the enactment date of the LIFE Act. Persons granted “V” status received employment authorization and were protected from removal.

Finally, the LIFE provides that persons who filed before October 1, 2000, for class membership in one of three “late amnesty” lawsuits (CSS v. Meese, LULAC v. INS, and Zambrano v. INS) and who were eligible under the LIFE Act’s amended legalization provisions could apply to adjust status during a 12-month period that begins once regulations are issued. Spouses and unmarried children of the class action claimants were be protected from certain categories of removal and were eligible for work authorization if they entered the United States before December 1, 1988 and resided in the U.S. on that date.


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LIFE Act of 2000 is divided into the following subtopics:

§245i & the LIFE Act

New K & V Visas


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