International Student Services

Special Student Relief

“Special Student Relief (SSR) is a suspension of certain regulatory requirements by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for an F-1 student from parts of the world that are experiencing emergent circumstances.” – Study in the States

SSR may be authorized for students whose home countries are impacted by natural disasters, wars and military conflicts, and national and international financial crises. SSR becomes possible when DHS issues a Federal Register Notice.

Eligibility for SSR

  • Student must be a citizen of a country specified in a Federal Register Notice.
  • Have lawfully resided in the U.S. for the dates indicated in the Federal Register Notice.
  • Have reported “on time” to ISS and maintained full-time enrollment at University of Washington.
  • Are currently maintaining F-1 status as students, not on post-completion practical training.
  • Are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the emergent circumstances in their country of citizenship.

Current Countries with Special Student Relief Opportunities

      • Afghanistan
        • Effective May 20, 2022 through November 20, 2023.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on May 20, 2022.
      • Burma/Myanmar
        • Effective May 25, 2021 through November 25, 2022.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on May 25, 2021.
      • Cameroon
        • Effective June 7, 2022 through December 7, 2023.  
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on June 7, 2022.  
      • Haiti
        • Effective August 3, 2021 through February 3, 2023.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on August 3, 2021.
      • Hong Kong
        • Effective November 26, 2021 through February 3, 2023.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on November 26, 2021.
      • Somalia
        • Effective September 18, 2021 through March 17, 2023.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on September 18, 2021.
      • South Sudan
        • Effective March 3, 2022 through November 3, 2023.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on March 3, 2022.
      • Sudan
        • Effective April 19, 2022 through October 19, 2023.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on April 19, 2021.
      • Syria
        • Effective April 22, 2021 through September 30, 2022.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on April 22, 2021.
      • Ukraine
        • Effective April 19, 2022 through October 19, 2023.  
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on April 19, 2022.  
      • Venezuela
        • Effective April 22, 2021 through September 9, 2022.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on April 22, 2021
      • Yemen
        • Effective September 4, 2021 until March 3, 2023.
        • Student must have been in F-1 status on September 4, 2021.

Students wishing to apply for Special Student Relief Work Authorization should make an appointment with an International Student Advisor to get more information.