More Flexibility for Syrian Students to Work in the U.S.

September 9, 2016

A notice scheduled to be published in the Federal Register today will make it easier for students from Syria who have experienced severe economic hardship as a result of the civil unrest there to work while in the U.S. The notice serves to suspend certain regulatory requirements to allow Syrian students on F-1 visas to obtain employment authorization, work an increased number of hours during the academic term and reduce their course loads while continuing to maintain their student visa status.

The notice expands the pool of Syrian students eligible for work authorization to include all those currently enrolled at U.S. institutions: previously, only those Syrian students who were present in the U.S. as of April 3, 2012, were eligible for relief from the normal rules governing international student employment. The Department of Homeland Security reports that there are currently close to 750 Syrian students on F-1 visas in the United States.

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