U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released information through a notice in the Federal Register explaining procedures for individuals covered by Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Hong Kong to apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) valid through Feb. 5, 2025.
The notice automatically extends through Feb. 5, 2025, the validity of EADs based on DED for Hong Kong.
As provided by USCIS:
On Jan. 26, 2023, President Biden issued a Memorandum on Extending and Expanding Eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Hong Kong Residents to the secretaries of state and homeland security. This memorandum defers through Feb. 5, 2025, the removal of any Hong Kong national, or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Hong Kong, who was present in the United States on Jan. 26, 2023, and has continuously resided here since then, unless the individual falls within one of the exceptions.
The Federal Register notice provides information about DED for certain eligible Hong Kong nationals (and individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Hong Kong) and provides information on how eligible individuals may apply for DED-related EADs with USCIS.
For general information on DED, please visit the USCIS DED web page; please consult an experienced immigration attorney if you have further questions about seeking DED.