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When President Obama earlier this year announced a plan through which some young undocumented immigrants, brought to this country as children, will have an option to apply for temporary legal residency and work permits, it was unclear precisely how such a program might work and who precisely might benefit. Now more details are emerging as to the specifics of the initiative.
Beginning August 15, undocumented immigrants, 30 years old and younger, will be able to pay a $465 fee and apply for a two year deferral from deportation and an employment authorization card. Those applying must prove that they have lived in the United States since at least June 15, 2007 and that they came to this country before their 16th birthday. Those eligible are those who entered the country without inspection or whom overstayed their visas. They must attend or have graduated from school in this country and/or be members of the U.S. military. Applicants will be required to provide biometric information and undergo background testing. And anyone guilty of serious crimes, anyone who poses a security threat and anyone who is found to have committed fraud in the application process will be ineligible.
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