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What is the Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) ACT

Many people know the Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) as President Reagan’s amnesty program. The LIFE Act allows individuals to apply for an adjustment of their immigration status even if:

  • The entered the United States unlawfully
  • Work in the United States without authorization
  • Fail to maintain lawful status since entry into the United States continually.

The Life Act allowed certain individuals residing in the United States to obtain lawful immigration status is they resided in the United States from 1982 to 1988. Individuals who qualified for the LIFE Act were able to apply for the LIFE Act program for lawful status until 2003.

Obtaining lawful status through the LIFE Act allows individuals to apply for permanent residence eventually potentially. Individuals who applied through the LIFE Act by 2003 may still apply for permanent residence today.

How do I qualify for the LIFE Act?

If an immigrant applying for the LIFE Act before its 2003 deadline, they may today adjust their status to permanent residence if they:

  • Are the beneficent of a qualified immigrant petition or application for labor certification prior to 2001
  • Were physically present in the United States on December 21, 2000
  • Have a visa immediately available to you
  • Are admissible to the United States

If you are eligible for permanent residence under the LIFE Act, you must file an I-485, application to register permanent residence or adjust status.

If a person is granted permanent residence, they generally can sponsor their immediate family members to immigrate to the United States as well.

It should be noted that the LIFE Act is not a full amnesty program. Anyone who applied through the LIFE Act and met the 2003 deadline may still be liable for immigration penalties, including deportation if they have let their lawful immigration status lapse at the point from 2003 until the current day.

Hire an Attorney Today!

If you believe you are eligible for permanent residence through the LIFE Act, hiring an experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney to assist, you will give you the best chance of succeeding with your visa application. If you have questions related to LIFE Act permanent residency or have any other immigration-related issues, contact the law offices of Roxana V. Muro at 909-297-1860. You can’t afford NOT to.

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