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  


September 25, 2023  

May 20, 2025 

Burma / Myanmar(citizens) 

March 22, 2024  

November 25, 2025 


October 10, 2023  

June 7, 2025 


April 12, 2024  

December 12, 2025 


January 26, 2023  

August 3, 2024 

Hong Kong(residents) 

January 26, 2023  

February 5, 2025 


March 18, 2023  

September 17, 2024 


January 29, 2024  

September 30, 2025 


January 3, 2023  

September 3, 2024 

South Sudan(citizens) 

September 6, 2023  

May 3, 2025 


August 21, 2023  

April 19, 2025 


August 21, 2023  

April 19, 2025 


Additional SSR Information

SSR Informational Powerpoint Info Meeting Audio Recording

How to apply for Special Student Relief

Start The Process Here