Special Student Relief (SSR)

Special Student Relief (SSR) is the 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. Regulatory requirements that may be suspended or altered for an F-1 student include a full course of study and on- and off-campus employment eligibility.  


  1. Ability to work on-campus over 20 hours per week during Fall and Spring semesters for the duration of the notice for your country, OR apply for off-campus work permission 
  2. Ability to reduce course load (RCL) in during the Fall and Spring semesters for the duration of the notice for your country 
    1. The RCL benefit is optional, but the reduced course load benefit is only available to students who apply for SSR and obtain work authorization through the notice, and is not available separately
    2. Students approved for the RCL benefit through SSR must remain in enrolled in at least 6 credits for undergraduates or 3 credits for graduate students each Fall and Spring semester for the duration of the SSR benefits 
  3. Students must apply and receive a special I-20 that shows permission for these benefits 

A KIC Immigration Advisor will decide whether a student meets the eligibility criteria to apply for SSR. 

The Department of Homeland Security has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country is listed below:  

SSR Programs 

Effective Start Date* 

End Date 

Afghanistan (citizens) 

May 22, 2022 

November 23, 2023 

Burma / Myanmar (citizens) 

May 25, 2021 

May 25, 2024 

Cameroon (citizens) 

June 7, 2022 

December 7, 2023 

Ethiopia (citizens) 

December 12, 2022 

June 12, 2024 

Haiti (citizens) 

August 3, 2021 

February 3, 2023 

Hong Kong (residents) 

November 26, 2021 

February 5, 2023 

Somalia (citizens) 

September 18, 2021 

March 17, 2023 

Syria (citizens) 

April 22, 2021 

April 1, 2024 

Yemen (citizens) 

September 4, 2021 

March 3, 2023 

South Sudan (citizens) 

March 3, 2022 

November 3, 2023 

Ukraine (citizens) 

April 19, 2022 

October 19, 2023 

Sudan (citizens) 

April 19, 2022 

October 19, 2023 




Additional SSR Information

SSR Informational Powerpoint Info Meeting Audio Recording

How to apply for Special Student Relief

Start The Process Here