A Federal Register notice has been published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the augmentation and expansion of eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians and explaining the eligibility of Liberians to apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs).
On the 27th day of June, President Biden issued a memorandum of extension of DED for Liberians for a period of 24 months. It also defers the removal of any Liberian national or of an individual who has last resided in Liberia habitually without nationality and has been continuously physically present in the United States since May 20, 2017, and who meets the eligibility criteria of DED.
Additionally, the memorandum extends employment authorization for individuals who come under DED Liberia through June 30, 2024. The validity of the validity DED-related EADs is to be automatically extended by the USCIS through June 30, 2024, for those who possess an EAD with a Category Code of A-11 and a Card that expires by March 30, 2020; Jan. 10, 2021, or June 30, 2022.
Despite the passing of the facial expression date, the validity of the EADs remains unchanged. DED does not have any application. Liberians covered under DED have the authorization to work in the United States of America. Eligible Liberians under the memorandum can apply for an EAD by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
The Department of Homeland Security may, in its sole discretion, grant travel authorization to persons subject to the Liberian DED. Individuals wishing to travel outside the United States may submit Form I-131, Travel Document Application.