New immigration program details released

Aug. 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children learned Friday what they will have to do to qualify for a new residency program.

The Department of Homeland Security said applicants must pay a $465 fee, the Los Angeles Times reported. They will be fingerprinted and must go through a background check.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will make application forms available online beginning Aug. 15, the agency's director, Alejandro Mayorkas, said.

President Barack Obama authorized the program by executive order.

To qualify, applicants must have been born after June 15, 1981, have arrived in the United States before age 16 and have a high school diploma or GED -- the equivalent of a high school diploma -- or have served honorably in the U.S. military.

Those with criminal records or deemed risks to national security or public safety will not be granted residency.

The Pew Research Center estimates 1.4 million people are eligible for residency under the program.

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