DED Granted Country - Liberia

Current DED Extended Through: June 30, 2022
DED Period: Through June 30, 2022
EADs Auto-Extended Through: June 30, 2022
Federal Register Notice Citation: 86 FR 9531

In 2007, President George W. Bush directed that DED be provided for 18 months to certain Liberians (and noncitizens 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 noncitizens covered under DED for Liberians. DED continued to be extended for eligible noncitizens covered under DED for Liberians from 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 Donald Trump again extended the wind-down period through Jan. 10, 2021, to facilitate uninterrupted employment authorization for individuals covered under DED for Liberians who were eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision.

On Jan. 20, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a memorandum to the secretary of Homeland Security directing the secretary to reinstate DED for eligible Liberians, or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia, and to provide for continued work authorization through June 30, 2022. Eligible Liberian nationals covered under DED as of Jan. 10, 2021, may remain in the United States through June 30, 2022. This notice extends employment authorization through June 30, 2022, for Liberians covered under DED and also automatically extends DED-related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for those who already have an EAD with a printed expiration date of March 30, 2020, or Jan. 10, 2021. Reinstating DED for Liberia is intended to allow additional time for eligible Liberians to apply for adjustment of status on or before Dec. 20, 2021, under the extension of the LRIF provision. Liberians who apply for adjustment of status under LRIF may immediately apply for employment authorization consistent with that provision.  

Noncitizens who are eligible for permanent resident status must file their completed Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and associated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, by Dec. 20, 2021.

Employment Authorization

You are eligible for employment authorization under the additional DED 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 EADs bearing a March 30, 2020, or Jan. 10, 2021, expiration date and an A-11 category are automatically extended through June 30, 2022. These individuals may present their EADs as evidence of identity and employment authorization for their Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  Employees may show the Federal Register notice to demonstrate that their EADs have been automatically extended through June 30, 2022.

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 to benefit from this automatic EAD extension through June 30, 2022. If you are covered under DED for Liberians and you want to obtain a new DED-based EAD valid through June 30, 2022, then you must file Form I-765 and pay the associated fee. You may check general processing times for Form I-765 on our processing times page. You can follow instructions for applying for an EAD provided in the Federal Register notice. Generally, this will require you to submit:

  • 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 27;
  • 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 a secure EAD, we will notify you of your appointment to appear at a USCIS application support center.

How to Request Authorization to Travel Outside the United States

DHS may provide travel authorization as a discretionary benefit of DED for eligible Liberians. You must file for advance parole if you wish to travel outside of the United States temporarily. Advance parole authorizes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to allow you to return to the United States during a specified period. A CBP inspector will make the final decision on your reentry. If you leave the United States without first receiving advance parole, you may no longer be eligible for DED and may not be allowed to reenter the United States.

To request advance parole, you must file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, and pay the associated fee. The filing instructions on Form I-131 include all the documents you will need to send us. You may also find information about acceptable documentation and DED eligibility on our Deferred Enforced Departure page.

You may file Form I-765 and Form I-131 together or separately.

If you are... Mail to...
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Attn: DED Liberia
P.O. Box 6943
Chicago, IL  60680-6943
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Attn: DED Liberia (Box 6943)
131 S. Dearborn 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL  60603-5517
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