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New Protections and Flexibility for Afghans, Cameroonians, Sudanese, and Ukrainians in the United States.

New Protections and Flexibility for Afghans, Cameroonians, Sudanese, and Ukrainians in the United States.

Nationals from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Sudan, and Ukraine all received good news. 

DHS announced Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Cameroon, a long-awaited designation and hard-fought by advocates that stands to benefit an estimated 40,000 Cameroonians in the United States. 

In other good news, applications for TPS for Sudan and Ukraine are now open, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  simultaneously announced Special Student Relief (SSR) for F1 international students from Afghanistan,  Sudan and Ukraine

What is Special Student Relief (SSR)?

SSR applies to citizens from designated countries studying at a U.S. school with an F-1 student visa. It allows you to reduce your course loads and work more on-campus or off-campus hours to support themselves and their families. F1 Students must individually apply for SSR via their International student office. (ISSS)

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

TPS is a program that allows migrants whose home countries are considered unsafe the right to live and work in the United States for a temporary, but extendable, period of time.  TPS grants beneficiaries certain benefits while in the United States, such as work authorization and extensions of stay; it is especially helpful for students who are ending their status and otherwise would need to depart the US. It is strongly encouraged that students seek the advice of an immigration attorney before and during an application for TPS.  Currently SSR is in place for the following countries: Myanmar, Haiti, Hong Kong, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen (Sudan, Ukraine and Cameroon  added 04/19)

ISSS has reached out to all F1/J1 students from Sudan, Ukraine and Cameroon in greater detail about TPS and SSR.  

Questions about SSR and TPS should be directed to an ISSS advisor, questions about  TPS should be directed to an immigration attorney of your choice.