05/24/2021 – DHS Announces Special Student Relief Employment Benefits to Burmese Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship

The following information was taken from the 2105 – 03 DHS Broadcast Message.

On May 24, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a Federal Register
notice announcing the suspension of certain regulatory requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant
students from Burma (Myanmar) who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a result of
the current crisis in Burma.

This notice temporarily suspends applicable on-campus and off-campus employment regulations
for eligible Burmese students. DHS will continue to monitor the situation in Burma and will
announce any additional modifications or extensions to this notice in the Federal Register.

The notice applies exclusively to F-1 nonimmigrant students who meet all of the following
• Are citizens of Burma, regardless of country of birth;
• Were lawfully present in the United States in an F-1 nonimmigrant status on May 25,
• Are enrolled in a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school;
• Are currently maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant status; and
• Are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current crisis in

The suspension of these requirements will remain in effect until Nov. 25, 2022 for Burmese
students. Please refer to the Burma Federal Register notice for more information regarding:
• The specific Special Student Relief (SSR) action effective with the notice;
• Who is covered by this SSR action;
• Why DHS took this SSR action; and
• How to apply for employment authorization under this SSR action.

For more information about SSR and when eligible students may apply, please view the What is
Special Student Relief? infographic in the Study in the States Resource Library. If you have
case-specific questions, please contact the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400 or 800-892-
4829, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, except federal holidays.

Disclaimer: This Broadcast Message is not a substitute for applicable legal requirements, nor is it itself a rule
or a final action by SEVP. It is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create
any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by any party in any
administrative, civil or criminal matter.

May 24, 2021 – DHS Announces Open Registration for Temporary Protected Status for Burma

The following News Release was taken from the USCIS Website.

Release Date 05/24/2021

New Designation Allows Eligible Burmese to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register notice (FRN) designating Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective May 25, 2021, through Nov. 25, 2022. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas previously announced on March 12 that Burma would be designated for TPS.

The designation of Burma for TPS allows an estimated 1,600 Burmese nationals (or individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Burma) who have been continuously residing in the United States since March 11, 2021, and continuously physically present in the United States since May 25, 2021, to file initial applications to obtain TPS. Applicants must also meet additional TPS eligibility requirements.

Individuals applying for TPS under the designation of Burma must submit an initial Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the 180-day initial registration period that runs from May 25, 2021, through Nov. 22, 2021. Applicants may also be eligible to apply for TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and for travel authorization.

The FRN explains the procedures necessary to submit an initial registration application under the designation and apply for an EAD.

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