DHS Continues Employment Authorization for Certain Syrian F-1 Students to 2015

On June 17, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security published notice that it has extended  employment authorization for Syrian academic students currently in the U.S. who face severe economic need arising out of the civil unrest in Syria.  The notice is effective from June 17, 2013 through March 31, 2015.  The original notice granting Syrian students this benefit was effective from April 3, 2012 through October 31, 2013.

As background, DHS can authorize employment authorization while school is in session to students from countries DHS deems to be experiencing civil unrest. The authorization once approved for each student, means that an F-1 student whose country of citizenship is Syria and who faces severe economic need is deemed to be engaged in a full course of study while being able to work increased hours and maintain a reduced course load.

The measure will assist Syrian students who rely mainly on funds from Syria to continue their students and support themselves when funds from Syria may no longer be available to them.

Stewart Rabinowitz practices United States immigration and nationality law. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. is an immigration law firm representing businesses, families, and individuals.