DHS/ICE published a Special Student Relief (SSR) notice for Burma/Myanmar on May 25, 2021. Myanmar is enduring continued unrest following a February 1, 2021 coup that returned the country to full military rule. The SSR notice will be effective May 25, 2021 until November 25, 2022.
- Read the Burma/Myanmar SSR notice published at 86 FR 28128 (May 25, 2021)
- Consult NAFSA's Special Student Relief For F-1 Students: Essential Concepts page for background on the SSR benefit
On March 10, 2021, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Dr. Esther Brimmer had asked the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to grant SSR to F-1 students from Myanmar. SEVP responded that DHS was aware of and monitoring the situation in Myanmar, and would keep stakeholders informed of any announcements regarding SSR through Study in the States, SEVIS Broadcast Messages and social media.
- Read NAFSA's letter to SEVP requesting SSR for Myanmar (March 10, 2021)
Also published on May 25, 2021 is a USCIS notice establishing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Myanmar (Burma). TPS and SSR are separate benefits. Explore NAFSA's Basics of Temporary Protected Status page for background on TPS. Individuals interested in TPS should consult an experienced immigration lawyer.