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DHS Extends Special Student Relief for Students from South Sudan


On September 5, 2023 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Special Student Relief (SSR) to F-1 students from South Sudaneffective from November 04, 2023 through May 03, 2025. The original SSR notice was set to expire on November 3, 2023.

 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. This particular notice suspends applicable on-campus and off-campus employment regulations as well as full-time enrollment

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 reach out to ISS through the Contact ISS form.