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Current DED Extended Through: Jan. 10, 2021
DED Period: March 31, 2020, through Jan. 10, 2021
EADs Auto-Extended Through: Jan. 10, 2021
Federal Register Notice Citation: 84 FR 19496

In 2007, President George W. Bush directed that DED be provided for 18 months to certain Liberians (and aliens without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia) in the United States whose Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was expiring on Sept. 30, 2007. President Bush further directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue procedures for granting employment authorization to aliens covered under DED for Liberians. DED continued to be extended for eligible aliens covered under DED for Liberians since that initial period until March 31, 2018, when DED was terminated but given a year-long wind-down period that was set to expire on March 31, 2019. On March 28, 2019, President Trump extended the wind-down period through March 30, 2020.

On March 30, 2020, President Trump issued a memorandum directing Acting Secretary Wolf to extend the DED wind-down period through Jan. 10, 2021, and to provide for continued employment authorization during such time for eligible aliens covered under DED for Liberians. President Trump determined that it is in the foreign policy interests of the United States to extend the DED wind-down period through Jan. 10, 2021, to facilitate uninterrupted employment authorization for aliens currently in the United States under DED for Liberians who are eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status under the LRIF provision. Eligible Liberian nationals have until Dec. 20, 2020, to file for permanent resident status under the LRIF provision, and USCIS must receive the application by that date. Aliens who are eligible for permanent resident status should file their completed Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and associated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as early as possible.

Employment Authorization

You are eligible for employment authorization under the extended wind-down period if you:

  • Have continuously resided in the United States since Oct. 1, 2002;
  • Held TPS on Sept. 30, 2007, the termination date of a former TPS designation for Liberia; and
  • Are currently covered under DED for Liberians.

Current Liberia DED-related employment authorization documents (EADs) bearing a March 30, 2020, expiration date and an A-11 category are automatically extended through Jan. 10, 2021. Affected individuals’ EADs bearing the March 30, 2020 expiration date, may be used in combination with the Federal Register notice, to demonstrate identity and employment authorization to employers through Jan. 10, 2021, for purposes of Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). 

How to File for an Employment Authorization Document

If you remain eligible for DED, you can apply for and obtain a new EAD; however, you do not need to apply for a new EAD in order to benefit from this automatic EAD extension through Jan. 10, 2021. If you are covered under DED for Liberians and you want to obtain a new DED-based EAD valid through Jan. 10, 2021, then you must file Form I-765 and pay the associated fee. You may check general processing times for Form I-765 at on our processing times page. You can follow instructions for applying for an EAD provided in the Federal Register notice. Generally, this will require submission of:

  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, indicating that you were a beneficiary of Liberian TPS as of Sept. 30, 2007, and were covered by DED for Liberians on March 31, 2019, by putting “(a)(11)” in response to Question 20;
  • A copy of your last Form I-797, Notice of Action, showing you were approved for TPS as of Sept. 30, 2007; and
  • The Form I-765 filing fee (or a fee waiver request)

If we need biometrics to produce the secure EAD, we will notify you to schedule an appointment at a USCIS Application Support Center.

Where to mail your completed Form I-765:

If you are... Mail to...
Mailing your form through the U.S. Postal Service USCIS
Attn: DED Liberia
P.O. Box 6943 
Chicago, IL  60680-6943
Using a non-U.S. Postal Service delivery service USCIS
Attn: DED Liberia
131 S. Dearborn 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL  60603-5517
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