The U.S. State Department has waived and modified Exchange Visitor Program regulations for some Ukrainian students on J-1 visas.
Additional Information: Special Student Relief with respect to program status and employment for J-1 Ukrainian students does not apply to Federal Work-Study jobs. The waived and modified regulations will remain in effect until at least Oct. 23, 2023, unless the U.S. government ends the arrangement early or both the U.S. and Ukrainian governments extend its end date. The full Federal Register notice is available here.
BAL Analysis: The temporary changes of the Exchange Visitor Program regulations only address conditions that eligible Ukrainian exchange visitors must meet to be in status and comply with Exchange Visitor Program eligibility requirements. The State Department modified the requirements so that it can extend Special Student Relief to eligible Ukrainian J-1 students in the U.S. to mitigate the impact of Russia’s invasions of Ukraine has on them.
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