Deferred Enforced Departure extended for Liberians

United States has provided a sanctuary to Liberians who had fled Liberia due to armed conflict – this sanctuary was provided through Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Although the armed conflict ended in 2003, President Bush and later President Obama extended the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to those who had originally been granted the TPS.  The current grant of the DED was due to expire on September 30th 2016. President Obama has recently announced that the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain Liberian nationals who are presently residing in the United Stated under this existing DED through March 31, 2018. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to automatically extend employment authorization documents (EADs) for Liberian nationals covered by this extension of DED. Liberians whose EADs expire on September 30, 2016, will now be valid through March 31, 2017. The automatic extension of existing EADs allows eligible Liberian nationals (or person who habitually resided in Liberia)  to continue working while they apply for the new EADs. This six month extension also gives USCIS time to process and issue new EADs.


This grant of DED extension only applies to Liberian nationals (or person who habitually resided in Liberia) who have resided in the United States since October 1, 2002 and does not apply to those:

  • who are subject to extradition
  • who were deported, excluded or removed prior to September 28th 2016.
  • that left the United States voluntarily
  • whose removal would be in the interests of the United States
  • whose activity or presence in the United States would have negative foreign policy consequences for the United States.
  • who are ineligible for TPS for the reasons provided in the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B);

How can the Boston Immigration Lawyer at the Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates help you…

We have helped a great number of families and individuals begin their new lives and who have gone on to fulfill their ambitions and contribute to their communities in the United States. If you are a Liberian national looking to apply for a new EAD as a result of this DED extension granted by President Obama or if you are of any other nationality in need of help with an  immigration matter, call the Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates.

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