The Director of Consular Affairs of the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States, Brian Fincheltub, thanked the implementation of the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), by the outgoing administration of President Donald Trump, as well as the offer to activate a TPS for Venezuelans by the incoming administration of President Joe Biden, which he described as “important and necessary measures for the migratory protection of Venezuelans in the United States.”
Fincheltub stressed that the DED is a mechanism similar to the TPS, which was simultaneously promoted by the Venezuelan Embassy and Ambassador Carlos Vecchio, to ensure that Venezuelans can legally reside and work in the United States, without fear of being deported, while we conquer the freedom of Venezuela.
The consular official specified that Venezuelans who have entered the United States before January 20th, 2021 can avail themselves of this mechanism to be able to enjoy its benefits, among which are the authorized stay in the United States for the next 18 months, apply for a work permit and not be deported.
He specified that within the next few hours the US Department of Homeland Security, although the DED automatically benefits eligible people, must publish the procedure manuals which will specify if there are special steps to be followed by those who wish to apply for the DED and the corresponding work permit. He reported that “the Embassy has already sent a communique to the competent authorities to get more procedural details and to collaborate with its implementation.”
He announced that consequently, the Directorate of Consular Affairs will soon activate an online census for Venezuelans who need to file for DED and the possible TPS (announced by the Biden administration). “In these processes, a nationality certification is usually required for people who do not have a current primary identification, and that is where our Embassy comes into play to support our Venezuelan brothers.”
Fincheltub also highlighted that this Thursday the Biden Administration announced the suspension of the deportation processes of any foreigner in the United States for the next 100 days, which reinforces the power and scope of the DED.
He highlighted the importance of the bipartisan policy that Ambassador Vecchio has promoted with the United States authorities, which allows the door to be kept open for future immigration protection measures, such as TPS, with the new United States administration, which will be always be welcome as a support to the Venezuelans who are victims of the crisis generated by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
People who want to clarify their doubts and stay informed can pay attention to the Embassy’s website through which the progress in the implementation of the measure, the activation of the census and making plain the most frequent doubts will be announced:
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