US | Updated Guidance on Foreign Student Work Authorization

On February 22, USCIS issued policy guidance to clarify the period of work authorization for F-1 nonimmigrant students experiencing severe economic hardship due to emergent circumstances. 

  • The guidance clarifies that “emergent circumstances” could include natural disasters, financial crises, and military conflicts
  • The guidance explains that an F-1 nonimmigrant student may receive a suspension of certain regulatory requirements, known as special student relief (SSR) work authorization. 

Students who obtain SSR may be exempt from requirements that require a full course of study, work restrictions, and duration of status. However, a student who obtains SSR may not maintain work authorization past the student’s academic program date. SSR typically coincides with a Temporary Protected Status designation.

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