On September 5, 2023 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Special Student Relief (SSR) to F-1 students from South Sudan, effective from November 01, 2023 through May 03, 2025.
What is Special Student Relief?
Special Student Relief (SSR) is the suspension of specific immigration regulations for F-1 students who face unexpected hardship due to a situation in their home country. SSR typically provides eligible students flexibilities related to employment and enrollment requirements.
Who is eligible for the SSR extended to South Sudanese students?
Per the DHS Notice, this extension of SSR applies to F-1 students who:
- Are citizens of South Sudan regardless of country of birth (or individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan);
- Are lawfully present in the United States in an F-1 nonimmigrant status on the date of publication of this notice;
- Are enrolled in a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school;
- Are currently maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant status; and
- Are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current armed conflict and humanitarian crisis.
How do I apply for SSR?
If you are interested in applying for Special Student Relief, please submit your Contact ISS form.