LIFE Acts & Amendments

The Legal Immigration and Family Equity (LIFE) Act and amendments, signed into law in 2000 and effective April 1, 2001, created new categories of nonimmigrant visas to promote family unity in the immigration process. The law helped to ease hardships caused by long periods of separation in families as a result of the slow immigration process to the U.S.

The LIFE Act created new visa categories, including the V visa, the K-3 visa and the K-4 visa. Foreign national individuals are now allowed to reunite with their U.S. family members by entering the U.S. in nonimmigrant status (V visa, K-3 visa, or K-4 visa) while simultaneously applying for an immigrant visa and awaiting its approval. These foreign nationals include spouses and children of U.S. citizens, and in some cases, grandchildren of lawful permanent resident aliens.

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