May 20, 2022: Federal Register Notice for Special Student Relief for Afghans
- Lawful F-1 nonimmigrant students may request employment authorization, work an increased number of hours while their academic institution is in session, and reduce their course load while continuing to maintain their F-1 nonimmigrant student status.
- These relief options are in effect from May 20, 2022, through Nov. 20, 2023.
Special Student Relief for Afghan F-1 Nonimmigrant Students
Eligibility for relief:
- To be eligible to request employment authorization, work an increased number of hours while your academic institution is in session, and reduce your course load while continuing to maintain your F-1 nonimmigrant student status, you must meet all the following conditions:
- Be a citizen of Afghanistan regardless of country of birth (or an individual having no nationality who last habitually resided in Afghanistan);
- Be lawfully present in the United States in F–1 nonimmigrant status on May 20, 2022;
- Be enrolled in an academic institution that is Student and Exchange Visitor Program, or SEVP, -certified for enrollment for F–1 nonimmigrant students;
- Be maintaining F–1 nonimmigrant status; and
- Be experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current situation in Afghanistan.
- This relief applies to:
- F–1 nonimmigrant students in an approved private school in kindergarten through grade 12, public school in grades 9 through 12, and undergraduate and graduate education.
- F–1 nonimmigrant students who transfer to another SEVP-certified academic institution.
Consult the Federal Register Notice for more information.
Avoiding Legal Services Fraud:
Afghans registering for Special Student Relief and work authorization should seek qualified legal assistance and beware of fraud. More information about avoiding legal services scams is available here: cliniclegal.org/resources/protecting-your-community/unauthorized-practice-immigration-law.