U.S. Offers Regulatory Relief for Nepali Students Affected by Earthquake

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register on Monday suspending certain rules to allow Nepali students affected by the April 25 earthquake to request employment authorization.

The agency acted to temporarily suspend the applicability of certain requirements governing on-campus and off-campus employment for Nepali citizens who are F-1 nonimmigrant students and who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the earthquake. According to the notice, these 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 their F-1 student status.

DHS will deem an F-1 student who receives employment authorization by means of this notice to be engaged in a "full course of study" for the duration of the employment authorization, if the student satisfies the minimum course load requirement described in this notice.


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