US immigrants to pay $465 for temporary work permits


Undocumented immigrants from El Salvador wait to be deported on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation flight bound for San Salvador on Dec. 8, 2010, in Mesa, Ariz. Of the 111 Salvadorians on the flight, most had criminal records. The Obama administration has made targeting undocumented criminals a priority in its immigration enforcement policy.


John Moore

Young illegal immigrants can start paying $465 for temporary work permits in the United States, the Associated Press reported.

The White House made the announcement Friday, as part of its new immigration policy.

According to the AP, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications Aug. 15 and the permits are renewable up to two years.

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An estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants could qualify for the program, Reuters reported.

Many young immigrants who are illegally in the US, have spent much of their lives living and attending school in the country.

President Barack Obama announced the program in June, which applies those who came to the US before their 16th birthday. They are required to have lived in America at least five years and be under 30. They must either be enrolled in school or have served in the military, the AP wrote.

Anyone convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors will be disqualified.