September 28, 2000
Deferred Enforced Departure
Q. What is DED for Liberians?
A. Deferred Enforced Departure, referred to as DED, grants certain,
qualified Liberian citizens and nationals protection from removal from the
United States until September 29, 2001.
Q. Do I have to apply for DED?
A. No, DED is automatic for qualified Liberians, regardless of age.
However, applicants in need of evidence of work authorization must apply.
Q. Who is eligible?
A. Any qualified Liberian national or citizen who is present in the United
States as of September 29, 2000.
Q. Who is not eligible?
A. Although DED status is automatic for qualified Liberians, there are
some exceptions to eligibility under this program, including persons who have
committed certain crimes, persons who are persecutors, and persons who have
previously been deported, excluded or removed.
Q. Who is eligible for Liberian DED-related employment authorization?
A. With certain exceptions, the eligible class for Liberian DED-related
employment authorization consists of Liberian citizens or nationals who are
present in the United States as of September 29, 2000. The word
"present" is defined to mean no absences from the United States
after September 29, 2000; or, if there were absences since that date: 1) the
total time period of such absences does not exceed 180 days, and 2) for each
absence, the Liberian either returned to the United States with advance
parole, or was inspected and admitted to the United States.
Q. What forms do I need to file?
A. To obtain employment authorization, Liberian nationals must file a Form
I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and a Form I-765D,
"Liberian DED Supplemental to Form I-765."
Q. What documentation must I submit when I file?
A. Applicants must submit with their applications copies of the following
documents, if available: Form I-94, Arrival Departure Record; their last
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card; any documentation proving their
residence in the United States as of September 29, 2000; a photo identity
such as a passport, driverís license or identity card, or school
identification card; and any documentation to establish that they are a
citizen or national of Liberia. All applicants must also submit two
Q. What if I donít have proper documentation?
A. If you cannot provide documentation regarding eligibility, you may
submit an affidavit affirming that you are a national of Liberia and were
present in the United States as of September 29, 2000, and are eligible for
DED. To detect and deter fraud, INS will conduct interviews to determine
eligibility in these cases.
Q. Will I be required to submit any filing fees for the Employment
Authorization Document (EAD)?
A. The filing fee for submitting an EAD application is waived for DED
recipients. However, all first time applicants will be required to submit the
standard $25 fingerprinting fee.
Q. Where do I submit my complete application?
A. Applicants must submit all application materials to the District Office
that has jurisdiction over their place of residence.