Employment

Special Student Relief (SSR)

Haiti
Myanmar (Burma)
Syria
Venezuela
Yemen
Benefits of SSR
How to Apply for SSR
Frequently Asked Questions
TPS & DED

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Special Student Relief (SSR) for F-1 students who are citizens of Myanmar (Burma), Syria, Venezuela, Yemen & Haiti.  Students from these countries who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of the current crisis in their home country can apply for permission to reduce their course load and to work over 20 hours in on-campus positions or apply for an EAD card to work off-campus. Students apply in iStart using the Special Student Relief E-Form. They do not need to work to receive the reduced course load benefit and they do not need a job to complete the E-form. Students receive a special I-20 that shows permission for these benefits.

For eligibility criteria see below:

Haiti

Effective August 3, 2021 until February 3, 2023
Federal Register notice here
(August 3, 2021)

To be eligible, an F-1 student must:

  • Be a citizens of Haiti, regardless of country of birth;
  • Have been lawfully present in the United States in F-1 nonimmigrant status on Aug. 3, 2021;
  • Be enrolled in an Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school;
  • Be currently maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant status; and
  • Be experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current crisis in Haiti.

Myanmar (Burma)    

Effective May 25, 2021 until November 25, 2022
Federal Register notice at 86 FR 28128
(May 25, 2021)

To be eligible, an F-1 student must:

  • Be a citizen of Burma, regardless of country of birth;
  • Have been lawfully present in the United States in F-1 nonimmigrant status on May 25, 2021;
  • Be currently maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant status;
  • Be enrolled in an SEVP-certified academic institution; and
  • Be experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the crisis in Burma

Syria

Effective April 22, 2021 until September 30, 2022
Federal Register notice at 86 FR 21333 (April 22, 2021).

To be eligible, an F-1 student must:

  • Be a citizen of Syria, regardless of country of birth;
  • Have been lawfully present in the United States in F-1 nonimmigrant status on April 22, 2021;
  • Be currently maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant status;
  • Be enrolled in an SEVP-certified academic institution; and
  • Be experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the ongoing civil unrest in Syria since March 2011

Venezuela

Effective April 22, 2021 until September 9, 2022
Federal Register notice at 86 FR 21328 (April 22, 2021).

To be eligible, an F-1 student must:

  • Be a citizen of Venezuela, regardless of country of birth;
  • Have been lawfully present in the United States in F-1 nonimmigrant status on April 22, 2021;
  • Be currently maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant status;
  • Be enrolled in an SEVP-certified academic institution; and
  • Be experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current humanitarian crisis in Venezuela

Yemen

Effective September 4, 2021 until March 3, 2023
Federal Register notice at 86 FR 36288 (July 9, 2021).

To be eligible, an F-1 student must:

  • Be a citizen of Yemen, regardless of country of birth;
  • Have been lawfully present in the United States in F-1 nonimmigrant status on September 4, 2021;
  • Be currently maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant status;
  • Be enrolled in an SEVP-certified academic institution; and
  • Be experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current crisis in Yemen.

Benefits of SSR

  • Ability to reduce course load in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
  • Ability to work on-campus over 20 hours per week during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 OR apply for off-campus work permission.

How to apply for ssr

To apply use the E-Form in iStart to submit applications for the necessary I-20 to either gain permission to reduce your course load (6 hours for undergraduates and 3 hours for graduates) for the coming academic year and work over 20 hours in an on-campus job OR to reduce your course load and apply for special off-campus work permission with USCIS.  The process is outlined in the E-Form. You do not need a job to apply.

Frequently Asked Question's for SSR & TPS

Click here for a list of FAQ's

TPS & DED

Students can also read more information about TPS & DED below. Please note that while the Office of International Services can help you with the SSR process we suggest speaking with an immigration attorney regarding the below processes.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) - only Liberia & Venezuela