Special Student Relief (SSR)


Please access the link below to learn about the most recent requirement and countries that qualify for the Special Student Relief (SSR)

SSR for F1 Students



Special Student Relief (SSR) for F-1  Non-immigrant Students 

This special relief is for F-1 non-immigrant students who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the current situation in their countries. The Special Student Relief (SSR) provides special exceptions regarding full-time enrollment and employment authorization (On-Campus OR Off-Campus). Please read more about this benefit and the countries that qualify for it HERE


  • Access the FIU ISSS Portal to submit your request for SSR petition.
  • Look for the link F-1 Special Student Relief
  • Select SSR ON Campus Employment/RCL Request or SSR OFF Campus Employment Application Upload (When you access these links you will see specific instructions and requirements)
  • Once you upload all the required documents, the system will allow you to make an appointment to meet with an ISSS Advisor. 

For additional information, you may also visit

If you choose to process this application by mail please read mailing instructions below:

If using U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

Attn: I-765 C03
P.O. Box 805373
Chicago, IL 60680-5374

If using FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

Attn: I-765 C03 (Box 805373)
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517