The outgoing administration has granted protection from deportation for Venezuelan nationals as one of its last departing acts. While temporary protected status (TPS) has never been granted to Venezuelans despite many congressional efforts, Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is now in effect.
On its U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (UCSIS) website, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) explains:
“The president may authorize Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) in his discretion and as part of his constitutional power to conduct foreign relations. Individuals covered by DED are not subject to removal from the United States for a designated period of time. Individuals may also request employment authorization if it is provided as a benefit of DED.”
Thus, Venezuelans may now enjoy benefits similar to a TPS recipient. At present, we expect the period of protection and work authorization to last for 18 months. Those eligible include nationals of Venezuela who have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 20, 2021. Those who pose a security threat to the U.S., or who have 1 felony or 2 or more misdemeanors, are not eligible. Also, the DHS may make certain applicants ineligible by deciding their presence in the U.S. is not in the country’s national interest.
If you are a Venezuelan national seeking protection from deportation and work authorization, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can represent you through the process.
With our goal to help the people of this great nation achieve their own unique American dream, J. Sparks Law, PLLC is always available to help with immigration cases, including those involving DED.
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