Jan. 26, 2023: Federal Register Notice for Special Student Relief for Haitians
- 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 Feb. 4, 2023, through Aug. 3, 2024.
Special Student Relief for Haitian 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 Haiti regardless of country of birth (or an individual having no nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti);
- Be lawfully present in the United States in F-1 nonimmigrant status on Jan. 26, 2023;
- Be enrolled in an academic institution that is Student and Exchange Visitor Program (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 crises in Haiti.
- 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:
Haitian students 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.