Applications are now available for a new program to avert deportation of immigrants who illegally came to the United States as youths.

The forms and instructions were made available Tuesday for the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service program, which will begin accepting applications for "deferred action" on Wednesday.

"While requests should not be submitted until August 15th, it is important that individuals wishing to be considered for deferred action understand the requirements," said agency director Director Alejandro Mayorkas in a news release.

The forms are:

  • Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;

  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with accompanying fees); and

  • I-765WS Worksheet

    The immigration service website www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals has details on the program and downloadable applications. Information also available at the agency's toll-free number: 1-800-375-5283.