Individuals From Hong Kong May Apply For Employment Authorization

Update Post May 22, 2023

Eligible Hong Kong residents may apply for EADs through Feb. 5, 2025.

On Jan. 26, 2023, President Biden issued a memorandum extending and expanding DED for certain Hong Kong residents for 24 months. Eligible Hong Kong residents covered under DED as of Jan. 26, 2023, may remain in the United States through Feb. 5, 2025, and are eligible to work in the United States.

USCIS is also automatically extending the validity of Hong Kong DED-based EADs through Feb. 5, 2025,for those who already have an EAD with an A-11 category code on the card and an expiration date of Feb.5, 2023.

Update Post January 26, 2023

On Jan. 26, 2023, President Biden announced the extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for eligible Hong Kong residents for 2 years. Eligible Hong Kong residents include those who have arrived in the United States since Aug. 2021, as well as those who were covered under the initial decision. Eligible residents may also apply for EAD.

Original Post October 20, 2021

USCIS announced today that eligible Hong Kong residents may apply for employment authorization covered under President Biden’s Aug. 5 memorandum directing Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for 18 months, through February 5, 2023. See Biden Grants “Safe Haven” to Hong Kong Residents

Eligible Hong Kong residents who were present in the United States as of August 5, 2021, may apply for an Employment Authorization Document by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Eligible Hong Kong residents covered by the president’s DED memorandum may also receive travel authorization. Individuals must file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, for advance parole if they wish to travel based on DED.