These provisions allow DHS to suspend or alter rules regarding F-1 duration of status, full course of study, and employment eligibility. The provisions are generic, and are activated only when DHS makes a finding of emergent circumstances, and publishes notice in the Federal Register. The separate Notice of Suspension provides the specifics of what is to be suspended, and for whom, and the procedures for how to apply for any benefits that result from the suspension.
The first Notice of Suspension was published pre-SEVIS, on June 10, 1998, and applies to students who were in the United States in F-1 status on June 10, 1998, and whose funding came from the following countries: Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The Notice also specifies the details of the special treatment to be given them. The Federal Register notice that changed the regulation and the first notice of suspension have been combined in this library document.
The second Notice of Suspension was published on September 15, 2010, and applies to Haitian citizens who were in the United States in F-1 status on January 12, 2010, and who are experiencing severe economic hardship due to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.