Update: On August 3, 2021, DHS will publish an SSR notice for Haitian students, in the Federal Register. An advance public inspection version of the notice is now available. The notice will be effective from August 3, 2021 through February 3, 2023.

On July 22, 2021, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil, asked the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to facilitate a grant of Special Student Relief (SSR) to F-1 students from Haiti. In the letter, Dr. Brimmer cited the unstable situation in Haiti and noted that the most recent information posted in the SEVP Data Library (2020) indicates that there were 1,417 active SEVIS records for students with Haiti listed as their country of citizenship.

That same day, SEVP responded to Dr. Brimmer to say that SSR for Haitian students is part of active discussions regarding Haiti now under way in the Biden administration.