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People wear graduation gowns and mortar board hats while attending the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.
Last month, Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano announced that many young immigrants who arrived illegally in the United States as children would qualify for a reprieve from deportation.
Now, the federal government has released more detailed guidelines for close to $1.5 million potential applicants, requesting they fill out specific forms and mail them with an application for employment authorization.
The government hasn’t established how much that application will cost, but it will make some waivers available.
Applicants will also have to provide fingerprints and undergo criminal background checks.
The deferred action program, which launches on August 15, would allow young immigrants in college or the military to remain in this country for two years with eligibility for work permits.
They would not gain access to citizenship.