Legal Immigration and Family Equity – LIFE Act

In 2000, President Clinton signed the Legal Immigrant Families Equity Act (LIFE), which was created to protect those families whose dream has been to settle permanently in the United States. USA.

If you entered the country illegally or didnā€™t maintain legal status, you may be eligible to apply for a change of status under the Immigrant Families Equity Act.

Next, we are going to delve a little more into this useful topic.

Who does the LIFE Immigrant Family Equity Act work for?

This law allows certain people who have resided in an undocumented way in the United States during specific periods of the decade of the 1980s and who have adhered to any of the 3 class action “late amnesty” lawsuits, to apply for permanent residence status.

What does the requirement to adhere to any of the 3 class action lawsuits refer to?

People who request their immigration adjustment through the LIFE Legalization must have adhered before October 1, 2000, through a lawyer or organization, to any of the following “late amnesty” class action lawsuits:

  1. Catholic Social Services, Inc (CSS) vs. Meese or Reno CSS.
  2. League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) versus the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
  3. Zambrano against the INS.

What is the period of residence in the United States required to be eligible for LIFE Legalization benefits?

All persons who have entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and have continuously resided in the country, undocumented from January 1, 1982 to May 4, 1988, may apply for LIFE Legalization benefits.

Itā€™s essential to be able to verify that you are physically present in American territory during the last 18 months of this period.

What application must be submitted to obtain the benefits of LIFE Legalization?

Eligible individuals must submit INS Form I-485 to request Permanent Resident Status.

This form must be answered correctly, following the instructions found in Supplement D of the same.

In addition to Form I-485, eligible persons between the ages of 14 and 79 must complete Form G-325A: Biographical Information Sheet and Form I-693: Medical Examination Report, duly completed by a certified Civil Surgeon.

Is it possible to apply for a work permit while the LIFE Legalization application is being reviewed by the INS?

Yes. Interested persons can apply for work authorization at the same time they file the application for immigration adjustment with Form I-485.

Is there a possibility that some family members of the LIFE Legalization applicant will receive some benefits?

The applicant’s spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age who reside in the United States can apply for “family unit” benefits in accordance with the provisions of the LIFE Act, by filing Form I-817.

In the event that the INS approves your application, these individuals are eligible to receive work authorizations and limited protection against deportation from the country.

Is it possible to leave the country while the I-485 application is under review?

Individuals eligible for LIFE Legalization who wish to travel outside of the country while their application is in the review process can mail Form I-131: Application for Travel Document.

In cases of humanitarian emergencies, interested parties can file Form I-131 at their local INS district office. If the INS approves the application, you are granted an Advance Conditional Leave, also known as Advance Parole.

Is it possible to apply for LIFE Legalization if one resides outside the United States?

Yes, any person eligible for LIFE Legalization who lives outside the United States can submit its application by sending the duly completed Form I-485 to the aforementioned address, along with supporting documents and the corresponding fee.

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