US Offers Hong Kong Residents 18-Month Deferred Enforcement Departure

Today, DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the U.S. is offering Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) for certain residents of Hong Kong for 18 months. These Hong Kong residents may apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and driver's licenses during this time period. 

It means that residents of Hong Kong who are present in the United States now may stay for 18 months regardless of their immmigration status.  This is true even if their current immigration status (e.g., tourist visa) has already expired. The U.S. will not initiate removal proceedings against them.

The President has Constitutional authority to grant DED to individuals in the exercise of his foreign relations power.  According to the DHS Secretary, the announcement is "to offer safety and protection to these individuals was made based on the ongoing assault on democracy, and rights and freedoms in Hong Kong by the People's Republic of China (PRC)."  

The details of the application process will be released soon.  Please stay tuned. 


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