Update: On June 10, 2011, DHS and DOS granted special student relief benefits for certain F-1 and J-1 students:
On April 18, 2011, NAFSA sent a letter to the Department of State (DOS) Exchange Visitor Program (EVP), asking that the Department grant "special student relief" benefits to J-1 students from Libya, as legacy United States Information Agency (USIA) had done in 1998 for J-1 students whose means of financial support was from Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, or the Philippines [63 Fed. Reg. 34276 (June 24, 1998)]. That notice allowed specified J–1 students to engage in on-campus employment for more than 20 hours per week, and suspended the applicability of eligibility requirements for off-campus employment authorization. The notice also allowed J–1 students who found it necessary to reduce their normal course of study in order to engage in this employment to be considered to be maintaining status and pursuing a full course of study. This collection of benefits was commonly known as "special student relief."