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Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Palestinian Nationals

The US President has authorized the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Palestinian nationals in the US. This means that the State Department will defer the removal for 18 months of certain Palestinians who are present in the US on February 14, 2024, with the exceptions below.

Except for those: (1) who have voluntarily returned to the Palestinian territories after 2/14/2024

 (2) who have not continuously resided in the United States since 2/14/2024;

 (3) who are inadmissible under section 212(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)) or deportable under section 237(a)(4) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(4));

(4) who have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States, or who meet any of the criteria set forth in section 208(b)(2)(A) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A));

(5) who are subject to extradition;

 (6) whose presence in the US is not in the interest of the country or presents a danger to public safety; or

(7) whose presence in the US would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences.

What is Deferred Enforced Departure?

Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is a benefit that is based on the President’s foreign policy authority. It protects people from deportation for a specified time. Generally, DED beneficiaries may receive a work permit and stay of deportation. They are not permitted to travel abroad.  

Does DED provide a way to get permanent residency?

DED does not provide a way for a person to apply for legal permanent residence or a green card in the US. However, if a person with DED is otherwise eligible for permanent residency they may apply for it.

What Happens to a Person with DED after the DED expiration date?

A person with DED returns to their original immigration status after the DED expiration date. In the case of Palestinian nationals, that would be after August 14, 2025, unless there is an extension.

As of March 2024, there are three groups designated for DED: 

  • Liberian nationals (effective until June 30, 2024); 
  • Certain residents of Hong Kong (effective until February 5, 2025). 
  • Palestinian nationals (effective until August 14, 2025). 

Ask Your Lawyer

If you are trying to decide how to move forward with your immigration matter, remember to consult your immigration lawyer. Your attorney is a good starting point for preventing or solving immigration problems. 

Finally, if you have any questions or need help, our law office is willing to help you find your best immigration solution.

To learn more about this matter or to schedule an appointment with our immigration lawyer, Doreen Emenike, please call us at (626-256-8500.

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About the author

Doreen Emenike is an immigration lawyer with over 20 years of experience. She helps people live in the U.S. legally and works at the Law Offices of Doreen A. Emenike.

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