DED Granted Country – Venezuela

DED Period: Jan. 20, 2021 – July 20, 2022
Federal Register Notice Citation: 86 FR 13574

On Jan. 19, 2021, former President Trump issued a memorandum to defer for 18 months the removal of any national of Venezuela, or individual without nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela, who was present in the United States as of Jan. 20, 2021, except for those:

  • Who have voluntarily returned to Venezuela or their country of last habitual residence outside the United States;
  • Who have not continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 20, 2021;
  • Who are inadmissible under Section 212(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)) or removable under Section 237(a)(4) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(4));
  • Who have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States, or who meet the criteria set forth in Section 208(b)(2)(A) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A));
  • Who were deported, excluded, or removed before Jan. 20, 2021;
  • Who are subject to extradition;
  • Whose presence in the United States the secretary of Homeland Security has determined is not in the interest of the United States or presents a danger to public safety; or
  • Whose presence in the United States the secretary of State has reasonable grounds to believe would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States.

Employment Authorization

You are eligible for employment authorization under the DED period if you:

  • Were present in the United States as of Jan. 20, 2021;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 20, 2021; and
  • Are eligible for DED.

*PLEASE NOTE: Eligible individuals must provide evidence of Venezuelan nationality/identity and presence/continuous residence as of Jan. 20, 2021, along with their Form I-765 application.

Examples of documents that you can submit to establish nationality/identity include copies of any of the following:

  • Passport;
  • Birth certificate accompanied by photo identification; or
  • Any national identity document from your country of origin bearing your photo and/or fingerprint.

Examples of documents that you can submit to establish presence/continuous residence include copies of any of the following:

  • Passport;
  • Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record;
  • Employment records;
  • Rent receipts, utility bills (gas, electric, telephone, etc.), receipts, or letters from companies showing dates when the applicant received service;
  • Passport entries;
  • Bank books with dated transactions;
  • Selective Service card;
  • Attestations by churches, unions, or other organizations of the applicant’s residence;
  • Affidavits;
  • Money order receipts for money sent in or out of the U.S.;
  • Birth certificates of children born in the U.S.;
  • Correspondence between the applicant and others; and/or,
  • Social Security card.

How to File for an Employment Authorization Document

If you are covered under DED for Venezuelans and you want to obtain a DED-based Employment Authorization Document (EAD) valid through July 20, 2022, then you must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, 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:

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:

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Mailing your form through the U.S. Postal Service

USCIS
Attn: DED Venezuela
PO Box 805283
Chicago, IL 60680

Using FedEx, UPS, or DHL

USCIS
Attn: DED Venezuela (Box 805283)
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

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