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USCIS extends and expands work authorization for Hong Kong residents

On Behalf of | May 19, 2023 | Employment Immigration Visas

On January 26, President Joe Biden issued a memorandum that directs the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to extend and expand the eligibility for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Hong Kong residents. The deadline was pushed back from January 26, 2023, to February 5, 2025. This change allows eligible workers from Hong Kong to remain in the United States.

This change is automatic and requires no action by workers – if the DED shows a passed date, it is still valid. Eligible Hong Kong residents working in the United States may also apply for updated Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) by filing a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to show the proper date. The USCIS will also issue new or replacement documents when appropriate.

The Department of Homeland Security (the USCIS is under it) may also provide travel authorization for Hong Kong residents with a DED-based EAD. They must file a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.

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While much of this information is available on the USCIS website, it is complicated, and the paperwork involved in these matters is extensive. Many find it helpful to work with someone who understands the regulations and strategies for successful applications, whether it is filing a Form I-765, Form I-131 or other work visa documents.