August 2012 - The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that on August 15, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting two-year permit applications for eligible undocumented youth, or DREAMers, under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This program is designed to suspend deportation for some young illegal immigrants and accept applications that would grant them work permits. Those that qualify are undocumented immigrants between the ages of 15 and 30 that entered the US before age 16, resided in the country for at least five years as of June 15, 2012, have not been convicted of a felony, a “significant” misdemeanor such as burglary, sexual abuse, drug distribution, among others, or three other misdemeanors, and are currently in school, graduated from high school, earned a GED, or served in the military.
USCIS announced that the application requires a payment of $85 for the biometric fee. Individuals that wish to receive work permits, however, must pay, with limited exemptions, a fee of $365. The information provided on the form will be kept confidential and will not be used for deportation matters, unless the applicant meets USCIS criteria for deportation. [Read more on Work Permit Process]