Digging Deeper:

emergent circumstances



When a world event impacts a particular nationality of nonimmigrants in the U.S. the Secretary of Homeland Security may publish notice and special student relief.44 Relief may include the ability of certain F-1 students to work off-campus.45 In some circumstances, students with emergent circumstances are allowed to reduce their full course of study.46 Students in these situations will be considered to be in status during the authorized employment provided that the student is registered for at least 6 credits per term if the student is at the undergraduate level or at least 3 credits per graduate term, and is continuing to make progress toward completing the course of study.47