Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) Extended for Liberians
Effective October 1, 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced an 18-month automatic extension of employment authorization for Liberians (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia) who have been provided deferred enforced departure (DED) under a memorandum sent on September 12, 2007, from President Bush to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. A copy of USCIS’s notice in conjunction with an employment authorization document (EAD) expiring on September 30, 2007, that was issued previously to the person as a beneficiary of temporary protected status may be accepted as evidence of a covered individual’s continued work authorization through March 31, 2009. The notice provides information on how Liberians and their employers may determine which EADs are automatically extended. The notice also provides instructions for Liberians who have DED and would like to apply for permission to travel outside the U.S. during the 18-month DED extension period, which expires on March 31, 2009.