An announcement by President Obama has given children of illegal immigrants a new outlook on the future.
But there are some things they have to do in order to qualify for the president's program.
Early Wednesday night, Grupo de Apoyo Y Integracion Hispanoamericano, a local immigrant support group, hosted a workshop detailing what young immigrants will need in order to apply for the deferment.
The deferment program allows children of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation as long as they go to college or serve in the military.
It also allows them to have two years of employment authorization.
Immigration lawyer Jane Schoener of Schoener & Associates went over in detail what is needed in order to qualify.
Eligibility requirements are as follows: The person must be between the ages of 15 and 30. They must have entered the United States before the age of 16. They must have lived in the country continuously for 5 years. They must currently be in High School, graduated from High School, or received a GED, or serve in the U.S. military.
Schoener adds if there is a criminal record, that person is advised to contact a lawyer before filing.
Even though a date has not been set on when applications will be accepted, Schoener says its best to start now.
“I think that it's important that they put the application together in a way that makes sense, and I think that they have to document, document, document” said Schoener.
Schoener adds the hardest thing to prove may be the continuance of residency.
For that, she says school records, medical records, even portrait sessions are helpful.
Grupo de Apoyo Y Integracion Hispanoamericano plans to have a second meeting the end of July, an official date has not been set.
For more information on eligibility requirements call the Enforcement Support Center at 1-855-448-6903 or ICE Public Advocate at 1-888-351-4024.