DED Granted Country - Liberia

Alert: Employment authorization for Liberians under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) will expire on March 30, 2020, but Liberians covered by DED may be eligible for permanent resident status (a Green Card) under recently enacted legislation known as Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF).

Liberians who satisfy the statutory requirements to apply for adjustment of status under the new law and apply for a Green Card are eligible to apply for employment authorization.

USCIS encourages individuals who wish to prevent a gap in employment documentation to submit their completed adjustment of status and employment authorization applications as early as possible.

Upon request, USCIS may expedite the processing of any Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on a pending application for adjustment of status under the LRIF for any Liberian with a DED-based employment authorization document (EAD) who files the Form I-765 on or before March 30, 2020, accompanied by a copy (front and back) of their DED-based EAD. To request expedited processing, follow the instructions on the How to Make an Expedite Request webpage. If the Form I-765 is not submitted concurrently with the Form I-485, evidence of the previous Form I-485 filing must be submitted with the Form I-765.

Current DED Extended Through:March 30, 2020
DED Period:April 1, 2019, through March 30, 2020
EADs Auto-Extended Through:Sept. 27, 2019
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.

On March 28, 2019, President Trump, after consulting relevant executive branch agencies, issued a memorandum directing Secretary Nielsen to extend the DED wind-down period for an additional 12 months, through March 30, 2020, and to provide for continued work authorization during such time.

For more information about DED, see the Deferred Enforced Departure page.

Employment Authorization

You are eligible for employment authorization under the 12-month 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 31, 2019, expiration date and an A-11 category are automatically extended for six months through Sept. 27, 2019.  Affected individuals’ EADs bearing the March 31, 2019, expiration date, may be used in combination with the Federal Register notice, to demonstrate identity and employment authorization to employers through Sept. 27, 2019, for purposes of Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). 

How to File for an Employment Authorization Document

If you are covered under DED for Liberia and you want evidence of your employment authorization during the extension of the 12-month wind-down period, you may apply for an EAD. In order to avoid gaps in employment authorization documentation, USCIS recommends that eligible Liberians file their applications for new EADs as soon as possible. You may check general processing times for Form I-765 at 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

Travel Outside the United States

If travel authorization is provided as a benefit of DED for your country, you must file for advance parole if you wish to travel. Advance parole gives you permission to leave the United States and return during a specified period. To request advance parole, you must file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.

If you leave the United States without first receiving advanced parole, you may no longer be eligible for DED and may not be permitted to re-enter the United States.

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