DED Liberia

What can you do if your DED expires? Here is information about DED program for people from Liberia.


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Update (January, 2021)– This program was ended by the Trump Administration in January, however, when the new Biden Administration took office on January 20, 2021, they extended DED protection for Liberians until June 30th, 2022. There are currently more than 4,000 Liberians with DED status who are impacted by this program.

New updated guidance is expected soon on the USCIS website.

What happens when DED Liberia expires?

When your DED expires, your legal status will go back to what it was before. You can apply to change your status or you can leave the USA.

What can I do?

You can meet with a lawyer

If you can, the best thing to do is meet with a lawyer. You can search for a low-cost lawyer on ImmigrationLawHelp.com or on the CLINIC legal directory.

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What if I can’t meet with a lawyer? What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

We know many individuals cannot meet with a lawyer. Here is more information to help you understand your options. This is not legal advice but instead information to help you consider your choices.

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Immi helps immigrants understand their legal options.  You can use their online screening tool to guide you to your best options. Take the immi interview to see if you qualify for a different immigration status. Immi’s legal information and referral advice are always free.

You can try to change your status

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says:

“This 12-month transitional period of DED allows affected individuals to arrange for their departure from the United States, or seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible, before DED ends on March 31, 2019.”

Applying for non-immigrant status

You must be eligible to apply. You may apply for a green card if you entered lawfully and meet other requirements. These may be because of your family or your job. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for citizenship.

Applying for other protected status

Some DED holders may be able to stay in the United States under special visas. There are visas for victims of human trafficking, battered spouses, children or parents and victims of other crimes.

If you are a woman and think you might qualify for a special visa because of violence, abuse or another reason, you can contact the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project.

What will happen if I stay in the country without documents? (What if I become an undocumented immigrant?)

If you stay in the country without documents, you risk being deported or arrested. Here are some pages with more information to help you understand your rights and what to do if you are detained.

Know your rights – ACLU

Do you know your rights? These easy-to-use resources about different situations were created by the ACLU so you can have your rights at your fingertips.

Know Your Rights Manuals for Detained Immigrants

Arabic, English, Spanish, Somali, Urdu, Mandarin, French, Hindi, and Punjabi languages. Manuals for LGBTQ immigrants, adults, and unaccompanied children.

How to contact the Embassy of Liberia in the United States

You can find your country’s US embassy website here. The embassy will post updates about DED on its home page.

The address of the embassy is 5201 16th Street N.W., Washington DC 20011.

The phone number is: (202) 723-0437.

Information provided with the support of CWS and CLINIC. Other information on this page comes from the White HouseDepartment of Homeland Security, the Federal RegisterUSCISand other trusted sources. It is intended for guidance and is updated as often as possible. USAHello does not give legal advice, nor are any of our materials intended to be taken as legal advice. If you are looking for a free or low-cost lawyer or legal help, we can help you find free and low-cost legal services.