Obama’s incentive for young illegal immigrants in the form of Immigration work permit than a deportation brought him kudos from the lobbies of illegal immigration and advocates while flak came from Republicans and neutral Americans who saw the employment market bursting at the seams with under-qualified aliens being pampered and clouding out the prospects of the skilled yet unemployed sections.

It is estimated that temporary work permits to young but illegal immigrants doomed for deportation will cost the US administration more than $585 million. The paperwork requires $465 as program’s cost. Accordingly an application by the illegal immigrant to stay in the country under the plan “Request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” will be processed for a 2-year work permit after a back ground check, from August 15.


Those eligible immigrants who have arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday and 30 or younger and living in the US for at least five years, in a school or graduated or served in the military become eligible for this leniency. They must not have a criminal record or pose a safety threat. They can stay in the country and get a Immigration work permit for two years but no citizenship will be granted.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services estimated it could receive more than a million applications in the first year. It would cost the state between $467 million and $585 million to process the applications with revenues coming from fees paid by immigrants estimated to be $484 million.

The submitted applications could take between two and 10 days for the Homeland Security Department to scan and file it. It takes four weeks to make an appointment for immigrants to submit their fingerprints and take photographs. A background check could take six more weeks, and three months for the government to make a final decision before a work permit is issued.