Employment Authorization Extension for Syrian Citizens with a F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Status

F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Syria and who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Syria since March 2011, have been granted temporary relief by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  As of January 5, 2015 through September 30, 2016, an extension of an earlier suspension of the applicability of certain requirements governing on-campus and off-campus employment for F-1 nonimmigrant students has been granted. Given conditions in Syria, affected students whose primary means of financial support comes from Syria may need to be exempt from the normal student employment requirements to be able to continue their studies in the United States and meet basic living expenses. 

The notice applies to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as elementary school, middle school, and high school students. The notice, however, applies differently to elementary school, middle school, and high school students (see the discussion published at 77 FR 20040, available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-03/pdf/2012-7960.pdf, in the question, ``Does this notice apply to elementary school, middle school, and high school students in F-1 status?'').

For further information on the employment authorization for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with Syrian citizenship, please visit the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]  at Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 2 (Monday, January 5, 2015).