LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas accepts applications for undocumented workers starting Wednesday per President Barack Obama's Immigration Executive Order.
"I will be able to get a job (and) go to college," said 16-year-old Priscila Lopez of Arkansas.
Lopez was among the many at the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, Wednesday, gathering documentation to apply for waivers.
Thousands of people living in Arkansas who came to America as children can now apply to remain in the United States without fear of deportation for at least two years.
"It gives us hope," said Rosa Hernadez-Moody, a Little Rock businesswoman.
Hernandez-Moody says she was brought to the United States by her parents at age 9.
"I can honestly say that I have lived the American dream," said Hernandez-Moody.
Under the guidelines, immigrants must have come to the United States before age 16, have resided here since June 15, 2007, be in school or have a GED or high school diploma.
The law prohibits anyone with a conviction, felony or significant misdemeanor from obtaining the status.
"This information is free. You can do this yourself," said Hernadez-Moody.
For more information and for help with the process call (800) 375-5283 or visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.