“Legalization dependents”

Jurisdiction: United States United States

This refers to the maximum of 55,000 visas that were issued to spouses and children of noncitizens legalized under the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA),Public Law 99-603, 100 Stat. 3359 (enacted November 6, 1986) in each of fiscal years 1992-94.

Source: USCIS Glossary, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services