DED Hong Kong:
Deferred Enforced Departure

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DED Hong Kong is effective through February 5, 2023.

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.

Who is eligible for DED Hong Kong?

You must meet the following requirements to benefit from DED Hong Kong:

  • Be a resident of Hong Kong before arriving in the USA
  • Have a HKSAR passport, British BN(O) passport, British BOC passport, HKIC, or HKSAR Doc/I
  • Have lived only in the USA since August 5, 2021
  • Have not left the USA since August 5, 2021 

Who is not eligible for DED Hong Kong?  

You may not be eligible for DED Hong Kong if:

  • You left the USA after August 5, 2021 
  • You willingly left for Hong Kong or China after August 5, 2021 
  • You have committed certain crimes 
  • You are considered inadmissible under immigration law 

Do I need to apply for DED Hong Kong?

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

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, Request for Employment Authorization.

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, Application for Travel Document. Follow the instructions on the Federal Register notice when applying for a travel permit.

What happens when DED Hong Kong 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.  

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