DED Liberia: Deferred Enforced Departure

DED Liberia is effective through June 30, 2026. You do not need to apply for DED Liberia to receive benefits.

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What is DED?   

Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is a form of legal protection for people in the United States. DED is for people who cannot go back to their home country because of dangerous situations, including political conflict.

If you qualify for DED, you can:

  • Stay in the U.S. legally for a period of time
  • Apply for a work permit in the USA
  • Apply for a document to travel outside the USA
  • Be protected from detention and deportation 

DED is temporary. It does not give you lawful permanent status, citizenship, or any permanent immigration status.

Go to the USCIS DED Liberia page for more details.

Who is eligible for DED Liberia?

You must meet the following requirements to benefit from DED Liberia:

  • Be a national of Liberia or a person without nationality who lived in Liberia for a long time before arriving in the USA
  • Have lived only in the USA since May 20, 2017
  • Have not left the USA since May 20, 2017

Who is not eligible for DED Liberia? 

You may not be eligible for DED Liberia if:

  • You left the USA after May 20, 2017
  • You voluntarily left for Liberia for a total of 180 days or more
  • You have committed certain crimes 
  • You are considered inadmissible under immigration law
  • You will be protected from detention and deportation  

Do I need to apply for DED Liberia?

No. You do not need to apply for DED Liberia. USCIS does not require an application for DED Liberia. DED automatically applies to certain residents from Liberia. 

Can I apply for a work permit?

Work permits are available to people with DED and are known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). It shows employers that you are allowed to work in the USA. You can apply for a work permit by filing Form I-765 with USCIS.

Do I have to renew my work permit?

DHS extended the EADs of current DED holders. If you applied for a work permit during the last DED period, then your work permit is valid through June 30, 2026.

If you already have an EAD based on another immigration status, you can get a DED-based EAD. If your application is approved, your work permit will be valid through June 30, 2026.

Can I apply for a travel permit?

Travel permits are available to people with DED. It is known as advanced parole. It shows immigration officials that you are allowed to travel abroad and back to the USA.

You can apply for a travel permit by filing Form I-131. Follow the instructions on the Federal Register notice when applying for a travel permit.

What is Liberia Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF)?

The Liberia Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) program allowed eligible Liberians to apply for permanent residency (Green Card). 

Can I still apply for a Green Card under Liberia Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF)?

No. LRIF ended December 20, 2021.

What happens when DED Liberia expires?

If DED is not renewed, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting DED. 

If you did not have a legal immigration status before you applied for DED, you may become undocumented. You can apply for another form of immigration status if you are eligible. If you stay without any legal status, you will risk the chance of arrest or deportation. 

Can I change my immigration status?

You can have DED at the same time as another immigration status. 

You can apply for asylum, lawful permanent status (Green Card), or other protected status if you meet the requirements for those applications.

It is important to seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer or accredited representative. They can help you apply and discuss questions or concerns. Many organizations and lawyers offer free or low-cost legal services.  

The Embassy of Liberia can offer more information. You can contact the Embassy of Liberia at (202) 723-0437 or visit its consular offices in Washington D.C.; Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; and Tampa, FL.

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