04.04.12

F1 students from Syria receive hardship consideration

Posted in Students at 3:28 am by Lalita Haran

Syrian citizens in F1 status are now eligible to benefit from relaxed rules permitting additional hours of employment and reduced course load requirements. Students who could show that thay are facing severe economic hardship due to civil strife in Syria can benefit from these changes.

The U.S. government comes to the rescue of these students in the wake of economic sanctions imposed by different countries on Syria which would strain Syrian economy. The changes are intended to alleviate the financial burden on the international students who may not get sufficient financial support from their home country due to economic crisis.

Students eligible to receive this benefit must be enrolled in SEVP approved schools in graduate and undergraduate programs and can accept on-campus and off-campus employment for additional hours. F1 students are required to take full time course load but the current changes would permit gaduate and undergraduate stdents to reduce course load who could even take online courses upto thee hours per semester provided ofcourse with prior authorization from the DSO who would place appropriate remarks on their SEVIS database.

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