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Friday, January 27, 2023

DED for Hong Kong Residents Will be Extended for 24 Months


The White House issued a memo yesterday to announce its intention to extend the Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) for qualified Hong Kong residents for an additional 24 months. The initial 18-month DED was granted until 02/05/2023.  Eligible Hong Kongers will also be allowed to apply for employment authorization document (EAD) during this period of extension - 24 months from 02/05/2023. Eligible Hong Kong residents who came after the initial grant of DED should also be allowed to stay. Details will be published in the Federal Register soon.

2/3/2023 update:

USCIS extends the validity of current Hong Kong DED-related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with an expiration date of Feb. 5, 2023, until Feb. 5, 2025.  These Hong Kong residents may present this EAD for as evidence of identity and employment authorization for the purposes of completing the Form I-9. 

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