The Student and Exchange Visitor Program's (SEVP) June 16, 2011 Broadcast Message 1106-01A clarifies that F-1 Libyan students who attend English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are eligible for special student relief. This was an update to SEVP's original June 9, 2011 Broadcast Message 1106-01, which had stated that Libyan ESL students were not eligible for special student relief. Broadcast Message 1106-01A did not specify the minimum number of credit or clock hours an ESL student must maintain to comply with the special student relief regulations and notice. DSOs should contact SEVP if they have questions about this.
Text of SEVP broadcast message 1106-01A:
To: All SEVIS Users
Date: June 16, 2011
Re: Update - Special Student Relief for Libyan Students
To comment on this Broadcast Message, please e-mail [email protected] with “Broadcast Message 1106-01A – Comment” entered in the subject line.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced special relief for certain F-1 Libyan students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011. This relief applies only to students who were lawfully present in the United States in F-1 status on February 1, 2011, and enrolled in an institution that ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program has certified.
F-1 Libyan students who attend English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are eligible for this relief.
More information on this announcement is available in the ICE Press Release and the corresponding Fact Sheet.