Life Act Law and Legal Definition

Life Act means the Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act, enacted on December 21, 2000. It is a federal legislation that amended or modified other immigration statutes to expand the relief available to certain aliens.

The Life Act of allows foreign spouses of U.S. citizens, the children of those foreign spouses, and spouses and children of certain lawful permanent residents (LPR) to come to the U.S. to complete the processing for their permanent residence, though only in fairly restrictive circumstances. The Act granted spouses and children of lawful permanent residents a special visa that allowed for family reunification during the process of receiving permanent resident status.

Among its provision, the Life Act extended the relief available to aliens from certain Central American countries under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act.