I have DED and my work permit will expire on March 30, 2020. What do I do?
DED for Liberians expires on March 30, 2020, which means the work permit for a Liberian DED holder will also expire that day.
If you want to avoid a gap in your work authorization, consider submitting your application for permanent residency AND your application to renew your work permit before March 30, 2020. If your EAD expires, you are not authorized to work. We highly recommend you speak to a lawyer or DOJ-accredited representative who can assist with your application.
Liberian DED holders are eligible for expedited, or fast, work permit processing. To apply for expedited work permit processing take the following steps:
Step 1: File your Form I-765 and I-485 on or before March 30, 2020.
Step 2: Wait to receive your receipt number in the mail.
Step 3: Once you have filed your forms and received your receipt number, call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 to request expedited processing. See more about this process at USCIS.
FAQ on Work Permits
Can I work with an expired work permit?
No. Your work permit must be valid/not expired to work lawfully.
Can I renew my work permit without applying for permanent residency?
No. Under LRIF you must apply for lawful permanent residence and only through that application may you apply for a work permit.
I am Liberian and have a work permit, but not through DED. Can I request the expedited processing?
No. USCIS is only expediting applications for Liberians whose DED expires on March 30, 2020.