More than 20,000 people in Arizona have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and most of them have been granted the temporary work permit since the program was launched in 2012, government data show.
Almost all of those applying in Arizona are from Mexico, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
From August 2012 to March, CIS received 22,756 applications in Arizona and 19,990 were approved.
Data broken down by metropolitan areas was available for the first year of the program ending in September of last year.
According to those numbers, there were 1,900 applications for DACA in Tucson and 17,700 in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area.
Eligibility requirements for deferred action status include coming to the country illegally or living in the country with expired permits before June 15, 2012. Applicants must also have entered the country before their 16th birthday, be between 15 and 31 years old, have lived in the U.S. for the past five years, be currently enrolled or have graduated from high school or served in the armed forces and have no criminal record
It costs $465 to renew the two-year work permit, same amount as the original application fee.