TPS & DED Updates

February 4, 2021 iimd

TPS for Syria

The United States has extended the Temporary Protected Status designation (TPS) for Syria. TPS for Syria has been extended multiple times before and the most recent designation extension by Acting Homeland Security David Pekoske was announced on January 29, 2021 and will take effect March 31, 2021. 

This allows current Syrian TPS holders to register for TPS to remain and work in the United States, as well as new Syrian applicants to apply for TPS – if they entered the U.S. after August, 1, 2016 and are otherwise eligible.

The Process

Applicants must submit an application for TPS on USCIS Form I-821 enclosing all necessary documents. Obtaining Employment Authorization (EAD) requires filing application Form I-765


DED Liberia & Venezuela

On January 20, 2021 President Joe Biden reinstated DED and work authorization for Liberians who had DED protections that expired on January 10, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Only Liberians who held TPS before its termination are eligible for DED.

After former President Donald Trump issued an order to defer deportations of Venezuelans in the U.S., a new act was introduced granting Venezuelans Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This will allow eligible individuals from Venezuela living in the U.S. to remain and apply for work authorization. 

Deferred Enforced Departure, was reinstated for Liberia on January 20, 2121. 

Unlike TPS, which is rooted in statute and is a legal immigration status that requires registration and supporting documents, Deferred Enforced Departure does not have an affirmative registration process, though applications for employment authorization may be required. Please beware of “notarios” and other fraud associated with DED. Only speak with an attorney or a DOJ Accredited Representative about this legal protection if you think you are eligible. IIMD is able to give consultations and assist with work authorization applications when needed.

Upcoming TPS Decision Dates:

Yemen July 5, 2021

Somalia July 19, 2021

South Sudan March 3, 2022


Information on registration and work authorization will be published in a forthcoming Federal Register Notice. IIMD will provide updates when they are available. For more detailed instructions and for other questions regarding the Temporary Protected Status or Employment Authorization please visit https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) is available Monday-Friday to assist with applications for TPS and DED work authorization. We are able to meet with clients virtually or in-person using social distancing measures. Please contact our office at (313) 871-8600 x234 for more information.