DHS notice announcing the suspension of certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Nepal who are experiencing several economic hardship as a result of the 2015 earthquake. This notice is effective 11/9/15 and will remain effective until 12/24/16. (80 FR 69237, 11/9/15)
SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security
(Secretary) has suspended certain regulatory requirements for F–1
nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is the Federal Democratic
Republic of Nepal (hereinafter ‘‘Nepal’’) and who are experiencing severe
economic hardship as a direct result of the earthquake in the Federal
Democratic Republic of Nepal on April 25, 2015.
The Secretary is taking action to provide relief to these Nepali citizens
who are F–1 students so they 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.
The Department of Homeland Security (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
DATES: This notice is effective November 9, 2015 and will remain in
effect until December 24, 2016.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY