** LEGAL UPDATE **
Residents of Hong Kong who are currently in the U.S. will be temporarily protected from removal (deportation), President Biden announced via an August, 2021 memo. They will be granted a quasi-status known as "Deferred Enforced Departure" or DED, for a period of 18 months starting August 5, 2021. This DED grant will come with the possibility of applying for employment authorization (a work permit or EAD).
The President made this move in response to China having unilaterally imposed its law on Hong Kong, thus undermining Hong Kong residents' enjoyment of the rights and freedoms protected under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
There will be exceptions, however, or situations where Hong Kong residents will not be allowed DED protection in the United States, including for anyone who:
Expect the Department of Homeland Security to issue details, including an application process for Hong Kong residents in the U.S. to follow, shortly.
Also realize that this DED grant offers no protection to people who might wish to come to the U.S. later, after the memo was issued.
Effective Date: August 5, 2021