Dreamers will be able to file for deferred deportation starting August 15th, the government announced. (Photo/Getty Images )

Dreamer applications will be accepted starting August 15

Dreamers who qualify will be able to apply for deferred deportation starting August 15th, announced Alejandro Mayorkas, the director of Citizenship and Immigration Services. This follows the June 15th announcement by President Obama that young undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children and fulfill certain requirements can obtain deferred deportation for two years, meaning they can go to college or seek employment without fear of being deported.

Applicants will be charged $465, but Congressman Luis Gutierrez and other legislators and immigrants rights groups warned families not to fall for scam artists. Help on how to fill out the paperwork  as well as assistance on what requirements and documentation are needed is free and available in websites such as DREAMrelief.org. Moreover, immigrants rights organizations as well as community groups are providing assistance, and some congressional leaders have offered to have staff in their offices to provide guidance to Dreamers and their families.

Citizenship and Immigration Services has a web page on tips to avoid scams and false information.

The requirements for eligibility are the following: An undocumented immigrant must be under 31 as of June 15 and must have come to the U.S. before turning 16 years old. It applies to a Dreamer who has lived in the U.S. continuously for 5 years, and it is open to current students, high school graduates or honorably discharged veterans who do not pose a security risk or have serious criminal records.

The federal government expects around 800 thousand Dreamers will be eligible for this deferred deportation.

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