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DHS Redesignates and Extends SSR Benefits to Syrian Students Experiencing Economic Hardship


July 29, 2022

On Aug. 1, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a notice in the Federal Register announcing the redesignation and extension of Special Student Relief (SSR) for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Syria who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of the civil war in the country. This notice redesignates SSR for eligible students who are in lawful F-1 status as of Aug. 1, 2022, and extends relief until April 1, 2024.

SSR is the suspension of certain regulatory requirements by the secretary of DHS for an F‑1 student from parts of the world that are experiencing emergent circumstances. Regulatory requirements that may be suspended or altered for an F-1 student include duration of status, full course of study and off-campus employment eligibility.

SSR applies when emergent circumstances occur. Emergent circumstances are world events that affect F-1 students from a particular region and create significant financial hardships, such as but not limited to:

  • Natural disasters.
  • Wars and military conflicts.
  • National or international financial crises.

To find a list of active SSR notices, visit the What’s New page on ICE.gov/SEVP.

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