The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security has the ability to suspend certain F-1 requirements if it is determined the country is experiencing severe hardship that is impacting F-1 students in the U.S. These affected students may request employment authorization, work an increased number of hours while school is in session, and reduce their course load while continuing to maintain F-1 non-immigrant student status.
Permission must be granted either by ISSS and/or USCIS before a student can utilize the SSR provisions. Under this permission, students can request one of the following permissions:
- ON-CAMPUS work permission over 20 hours per week and a reduction of the minimum credit enrollment (minimum 6 credits for undergraduates; minimum 3 credits for graduate).
- OFF-CAMPUS work permission over 20 hours per week in any field, and a reduction of minimum credit enrollment (minimum 6 credits for undergraduates; minimum 3 credits for graduate).
The SSR authorization is issued for a period of one year or to the expiration date of the notice (see below) - whichever comes sooner. Students with SSR permission are required to enroll at least half-time. The SSR authorization ends if a student graduates or transfers to a different school.
PLEASE NOTE: Some programs, scholarships, or on-campus jobs (for example, TA or RA) may require full-time enrollment. Receiving SSR authorization does not waive this requirement, so students will need to communicate with the appropriate office about their situation.
A student must be:
- A citizen of an appropriate country who was lawfully present within the United States on an F-1 visa on the designated start date (review the table below for country-specific criteria)
- Have an I-20 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus
- Currently maintaining F-1 status
- Enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Able to document that they are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current crisis in their country of citizenship.
|Country of Citizenship (regardless of country of birth)||Have been lawfully present in the United States in F-1 status on this date||Be experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of...||SSR Designation expires on this date|
|Burma (Myanmar)||May 25, 2021||the current crisis in Burma||November 25, 2022|
|Haiti||August 3, 2021||the current crisis in Haiti||February 3, 2023|
|Somalia||September 18, 2021||the current crisis in Somalia||March 17, 2023|
|Syria||April 22, 2021||the ongoing civil unrest in Syria since March 2011||September 30, 2022|
|Venezuela||April 22, 2021||the current humanitarian crisis in Venezuela||September 9, 2022|
|Yemen||September 4, 2021||the current crisis in Yemen||March 3, 2023|