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NAFSA Asks for SSR for Haitian F-1 Students

July 26, 2021 (1 min read)

NAFSA, July 22, 2021

"We are writing today to request that the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) consider granting Special Student Relief (SSR)* to F-1 students from Haiti.

* Regulations allow DHS to suspend or alter rules regarding duration of status, full course of study, and employment eligibility, for specific groups of students from parts of the world that are experiencing emergent circumstances. This collection of benefits is known as "special student relief." [63 Fed. Reg. 31872 (June 10, 1998), amending the Code of Federal Regulations governing F-1 duration of status at 8 C.F.R. § 214.2 (f)(5), full course of study at 8 C.F.R. § 214.2 (f)(6)(A) and (B), and employment eligibility at 8 C.F.R. §214.2 (f) (9) (i) and (ii)]"