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Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Palestinians Announced


The White House announced that the United States will defer the removal of Palestinians for an 18-month period. Palestinians in the United States may be eligible for deferred enforced departure (DED) if they:

  • are physically present in the United States on February 14, 2024 and have not returned voluntarily to Palestine after that date;
  • have continuously resided in the United States since February 14, 2024;
  • are not inadmissible to or deportable from the United States on terrorism or other security related grounds;
  • have not been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors in the United States and have not participated in the persecution of another on account of a protected ground or committed other particularly serious crimes;
  • are not subject to extradition;
  • do not present a danger to public safety or other interests of the United States;
  • would not impact adversely the United States’ foreign policy interests.

Palestinians who qualify for deferred enforced departure may apply for work authorization. The White House also has instructed the Department of Homeland Security to consider relaxing requirements for Palestinian students in F-1 status where appropriate. For more information, click here.

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