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Cost, process for temporary work permits revealed

An executive order made by President Obama may cost more than $585 million to implement. Last month, the Administration announced that young, illegal immigrants will be granted temporary work permits instead of being deported. An estimated one million requests are expected each year.

Department of Homeland Security plans to implement the new policy describe a paperwork fee of about $500 per applicant to offset the cost of the program and the 1,500 new employees needed to process the applications.

According to DHS, qualifying persons can request a work permit and permission to stay in the country by filing a "Request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" starting on Aug. 15. This will provide a two-year work permit to those who qualify, but not citizenship.

To qualify, you must have been brought to this country while under the age of 16 and are now under the age of 30. You must have lived in this country at least five years, are currently in school or have at least a high school diploma, or served in the U.S. military, and have no criminal history.

Once applicants file their paperwork it could take between two and 10 days to process and receive. That will be followed by appointments for applicants to get fingerprinted and photographed. Background checks could take up to six weeks. Final decisions will take about three months before work permits are issued. Applicants awaiting final decisions will be immune from deportation, a DHS spokeswoman said.

•· To learn more about the President's executive order and filing your Request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, feel free to visit our Staten Island U.S. permanent residency web page.

Source: sacbee.com, "DHS: Deportation proposal could cost $585 million," Alicia A. Caldwell, July 24, 2012

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