By The Associated Press

The Department of Homeland Security is releasing details on how illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children can apply to avoid deportation and receive a work permit.

U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas said people who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program can download the application, including forms needed to get a work permit, from the agency's website, beginning Tuesday. They can start submitting applications on Wednesday.

Immigrants will have to pay a $465 fee and submit proof of their eligibility. Proof can include school transcripts, medical and financial records as well as military service records.

As many as 1.7 million illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children may be eligible for the new program.

To be eligible, immigrants must be in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.

President Obama last month issued an executive order for the deferred deportation program, after the DREAM Act, which would have done the same, was defeated in Congress.