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International Services

Special Student Relief Through Emergent Circumstances

Emergent Circumstances are world events that affect a specific group of F-1 students and which causes them to suffer severe economic hardship, including, but not limited to natural disasters, wars and military conflicts, national or international financial crises. Special Student Relief is the suspension of certain regulatory requirements for an F-1 student subsequent to an emergent circumstances determination, affecting any or all of the following on-campus employment, off-campus employment, duration of status, and full course of study.

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Emergent Circumstances

An emergent circumstances determination is the DHS Secretary’s decision to provide special student relief to F-1 students experiencing unforeseen, severe economic hardship. This hardship must result from an emergent event, such as a natural disaster, war or military conflict, or national or international financial crisis, that would otherwise undermine a student’s financial ability to support their continued study.

Under an emergent circumstances determination, regulatory requirements that may be suspended or altered for an F-1 student are those related to full course of study and on-campus or off-campus employment.

However, students must maintain their F-1 status under the new conditions, and their designated school official must certify that they are eligible on their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System record. Eligible F-1 students must first file a Form I-765, “Application for Employment Authorization,” with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before they can begin off-campus employment.  

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