|Applied for TPS||Were granted employment authorization||You may ask your DSO to update your student relief application which will allow you to carry a reduced course load|
|Are applying for TPS||Requested employment authorization||You must wait until you receive your Employment Authorization Document and then ask your DSO to make the proper adjustments in Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) before reducing your course load|
|Applied for Student Relief||Would like to apply for Temporary Protected Status||You may concurrently apply for both benefits and only pay the employment authorization fee once|
|Are an F-2 dependent||Are granted TPS||You may work using your TPS employment authorization, but you would no longer be maintaining your F-2 dependent status, because F-2 dependents cannot work|
What is the minimum course load requirement?
Undergraduate students who are granted on-campus or off-campus employment authorization under this notice must remain registered for a minimum of 6 semester/quarter hours of instruction per academic term. Graduate-level F-1 students who are granted on-campus or off-campus employment authorization under this notice must remain registered for a minimum of 3 semester/quarter hours of instruction per academic term. See 8 CFR 214.2(f)(5)(v). In addition, F-1 students (both undergraduate and graduate) granted on-campus or off-campus employment authorization under this notice may count up to the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter of online or distance education toward satisfying this minimum course load requirement. See 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G).
How long will this student benefit remain in effect?
This notice grants temporary relief to a specific group of F-1 students whose country of citizenship is Haiti until July 22, 2011. During this period, DHS will continue to monitor the situation in Haiti and will announce any changes in the Federal Register.