President Biden has directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to reinstate Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for eligible Liberians and to provide for continued work authorization through June 30, 2022.

Eligible Liberian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia) covered under DED as of January 10, 2021, may remain in the United States through June 30, 2022. Their employment authorization documents (EADs) with a March 30, 2020, or January 10, 2021, expiration date are automatically extended through June 30, 2022.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said that reinstating DED “will allow additional time for eligible Liberians to apply for adjustment of status on or before Dec. 20, 2021, under the extension of the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision. Liberians who apply for adjustment of status under LRIF may immediately apply for employment authorization consistent with that provision. Individuals who applied for LRIF but were denied are not covered under this DED extension.”

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