Updated March 31, 2020.
Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is a benefit authorized at the discretion of the President that allows certain individuals to live and work in the United States for a designated period of time. On March 27, 2018, the President announced that DED for Liberia would end. DED for Liberians was set to expire on March 30, 2020, however on March 30, 2020, the President extended DED until January 10, 2021. This allows Liberians with DED to keep their work authorization while they can apply for a green card (Legal Permanent Resident status) under a new law called the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (LRIFA).
Individuals who believe they are impacted by this decision should get a legal consultation from a trusted legal services provider. Call 311 and say “ActionNYC” to make an appointment for free, safe legal help in your community, and in your language.
Employment authorization for Liberians under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) will expire on January 10, 2021, but Liberians covered by DED may be eligible for green cards (Legal Permanent Resident status) under a new law called the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (LRIFA).