DED Granted Country - Liberia

Alert:  In an effort to prevent a lapse in employment authorizations for certain Liberians in the United States, on March, 30, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum directing Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to extend the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) wind-down period through Jan. 10, 2021, for certain eligible Liberians. The president also directed Acting Secretary Wolf to provide for continued work authorization for Liberians covered under DED through Jan. 10, 2021. This will facilitate uninterrupted work authorization for those Liberians currently under DED who are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision, since the provision failed to account for potential lapses in work authorization. USCIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register with information on the extension of employment authorization and automatic extension of certain employment authorization documents (EADs) through Jan. 10, 2021, for those Liberians currently covered under DED.

Eligible Liberian nationals have until Dec. 20, 2020, to file for permanent resident status under the LRIF provision. Aliens who are eligible for permanent resident status should submit their completed Form I-485 and associated Form I-765 as early as possible. 

Current DED Extended Through:Jan. 10, 2021
DED Period:March 30, 2020, through Jan. 10, 2021
EADs Auto-Extended Through:Jan. 10, 2021
Federal Register Notice Citation:84 FR 13059

In 2007, President George W. Bush directed that Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) be provided for 18 months to certain Liberians 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 work authorization to DED-covered Liberians. DED continued to be extended for eligible 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, and the wind-down period was subsequently extended until March 30, 2020.

In an effort to prevent a lapse in employment authorizations for certain Liberians in the United States, on March 20, 2020, President Trump, issued a memorandum directing Acting Secretary Wolf to extend the DED wind-down period through January 10,2021, and to provide for continued work authorization during such time.  This extension will facilitate uninterrupted work authorization for those currently in the United States under DED who are eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness  provision.  Eligible Liberian nationals have until December 20, 2020, to file for permanent resident status under the law.  Aliens who are eligible for permanent resident status should submit their completed Form I-485 and associated Form I-765 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; and
  • Are a current beneficiary under DED for Liberia.

Current Liberia DED-related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) bearing a March 30, 2020, expiration date and an A-11 category are automatically extended through January 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 January 10, 2021, for purposes of Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).  In the interim, affected individuals may use this website notice coupled with their existing EADs bearing the March 30, 2020 expiration date for Form I-9 purposes.

How to File for an Employment Authorization Document

If you remain eligible for DED, you can obtain a new EAD; however, you do not need to apply for a new EAD in order to benefit from this automatic extension.  If you are covered under DED for Liberia and you want to obtain a new DED-based EAD valid through January 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 https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/. 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 ServiceUSCIS
Attn: DED Liberia
P.O. Box 6943 
Chicago, IL  60680-6943
Using a non-U.S. Postal Service delivery serviceUSCIS
Attn: DED Liberia
131 S. Dearborn 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL  60603-5517

 

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