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Nepal Special Student Relief

Employment Authorization for Nepali F-1 Students

Who is covered under the notice:

  1. Are a citizen of Nepal.
  2. Was lawfully present in the U.S. in F-1 status on April 25, 2015.
  3. Currently maintaining F-1 status; and
  4. Are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the damage caused by the earthquake of April 25, 2015.

On-campus Employment:
An eligible student has authorization to work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session if the DSO has entered approval remarks on student’s I-20.

The student must demonstrate to the DSO that the employment is necessary to avoid severe economic hardship directly resulting from the damage caused by the earthquake.

Off-campus Employment:
Student may use previously issued EAD for TPS and demonstrate to the DSO that the economic hardship was caused by the earthquake and receive DSO recommendation in SEVIS.


Student may file Application for Employment Authorization based on severe economic hardship resulting from the earthquake, recommended by the DSO. In either of these cases, off-campus employment would not be limited to 20 hours per week once the appropriate remark has been added to the I-20.

Reduced Course Load:
In both instances, with authorized on-campus (more than 20 hours a week) and authorized off-campus employment, a student would be eligible for reduced course load. For undergraduate students it is 6 hours per academic semester and for graduate students, 3 credit hours per academic semester. This will still require approval from OIE.

Nepal Special Student Relief form