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Request for Special Student Relief (SSR)

SSR may be authorized for students whose home countries are impacted by natural disasters, wars and military conflicts, and national and international financial crises. SSR becomes possible when DHS issues a Federal Register Notice.

  • Student must be a citizen of a country specified in a Federal Register Notice.
  • Have lawfully resided in the U.S. for the dates indicated in the Federal Register Notice.
  • Have reported on time to their DSO and have been enrolled at Lewis since the event.
  • Are currently maintaining F-1 status as students, not on post-completion practical training.
  • Are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the emergent circumstances in their country of citizenship.

HOW TO APPLY

We recommend that students who are interested in applying for Special Student Relief meet with our office. After meeting with a DSO from our office, they will need to follow the steps listed below to file an application with USCIS.

STEPS TO APPLY

  • Request for an appointment for your SSR application to ISGSS@LEWISU.EDU
  • Download the form below and provide the necessary information required
  • Meet with an ISGSS DSO
  • Submit your application to USCIS
  • Wait for your authorization from USCIS

Special Student Relief Application Form


Current Countries with Opportunities for Special Student Relief

Updated 10.04.2023

Afghanistan
  • Effective May 20, 2022 through November 20, 2023. Redesignated from November 21, 2023 through May 20, 2025.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on September 21, 2023.
Burma/Myanmar
  • Effective September 27, 2022 through May 25, 2024.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on September 27, 2022.
Cameroon
  • Effective June 7, 2022 through December 7, 2023. Redesignated from December 8, 2023 to June 7, 2025.
  • Student must have been on F-1 status on June 7, 2022.  
Ethiopia
  • Effective December 12, 2022 through June 12, 2024.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on December 12, 2022.
Haiti
  • Effective January 26, 2023 through August 3, 2024.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on January 26, 2023.
Hong Kong
  • Effective January 26, 2023 through February 5, 2025.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on February 5, 2025.
Somalia
  • Effective March 18, 2023 through September 17, 2024.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on March 18, 2023.
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South Sudan
  • Effective March 3, 2022 through November 3, 2023. Redesignated from November 4, 2023 through May 3, 2025.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on September 5, 2023.
Sudan
  • Effective April 19, 2022 through October 19, 2023. Redesignated from October 20, 2023 through April 19, 2025.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on August 21, 2023.
Syria
  • Effective August 1, 2022 through April 1, 2024.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on August 1, 2022.
Ukraine
  • Effective April 19, 2022 through October 19, 2023.  Redesignated from October 20, 2023 through April 19, 2025.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on August 21, 2023.
Venezuela
  • Effective September 10, 2022 through March 10, 2024.
  • Student must have been in F-1 status on September 10, 2022.
Yemen
  • Effective January 3, 2023 until September 3, 2024.
Student must have been in F-1 status 
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