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.
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A recent notice by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of the Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. The extension allows currently eligible beneficiaries to retain TPS from April 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016. Additionally, Syria has received a redesignation TPS for 18 months, effective April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.
A recent notice by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from March 10, 2015, through September 9, 2016.
Five new countries are eligible to participate in the H–2A and H–2B Nonimmigrant Worker programs for the first time. The newly designated countries include the Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal, and Sweden. This determination is effective January 18, 2015. Additionally, 63 countries previously designated in the January 17, 2014 notice continue to be eligible.
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