Illegal aliens applying for amnesty under the new immigration law will be able to submit applications by mail after May 5 and can expect to receive temporary work authorization in about one week, immigration officials announced today.
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Regional Commissioner Harold Ezell, speaking at a downtown Los Angeles press conference, said the mail-in procedure was designed to avoid lengthy lines at legalization centers while dealing with "a huge crush of applicants."
A few days before May 5, the INS will announce the address to which applications may be mailed, Ezell said. Illegal aliens may also apply through voluntary agencies assisting with amnesty, such as the Roman Catholic Church, he said.
About 1 million illegal aliens may seek amnesty in the seven-county Los Angeles District, and the agency will open 15 special legalization offices to process their applications, Ezell said.