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Special Student Relief for J-1 Students

The State Department posted a notice to the Federal Register on April 5, 2023, granting Special Student Relief to J-1 Exchange Students. They have stated that this action was effective on August 18, 2022, and will remain in effect until October 23, 2023.

Details of Special Student Relief:

  • Ukrainian students may pursue course work at half-time (6 credits for undergraduates and 5 credits for graduate students).
  • AROs in ISS may grant written approval for work on or off-campus beyond the regular 20 hours per week.

If you are a J-1 student from Ukraine studying at the University of Washington, please contact your J-1 advisor to discuss this issue.