F-1 students from Venezuela and Syria can now apply to:

  • Gain employment authorization
  • Work increased number of hours while school is in session
  • Maintain F-1 status with reduced student course load

Eligibility requirements:

Citizen of Venezuela or Syria, regardless of country of birth.

Lawfully in F-1 nonimmigrant status on April 22, 2021

Enrolled in a SEVP-certified academic institution

Maintaining F-1 status currently

Experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Transfer students remains eligible for the relief in this notice.

This Notice is effective for Syrians from April 22 ,2021 to September 30,2022. For Venezuelans from April 22, 2021 to September 9, 2022.

For more information read the full Federal Register Notice in the following link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/22/2021-08368/employment-authorization-for-venezuelan-f-1-nonimmigrant-students-experiencing-severe-economic