U.S. Enacts Preferential Policies To Help Hong Kong Students

【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Youlanzide  Translator: Ranting

The Epoch Times reported on Nov. 28 that the U.S. government has launched a preferential policy for Hong Kong students who have been affected by the CCP’s National Security Law and their families’ economic ties in Hong Kong.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(DHS) reportedly issued a federal bulletin on the 26th, titled “Employment Authorization for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students Facing Severe Financial Hardship as a Direct Result of an Emergency in Hong Kong”.

The announcement states that the Secretary of Homeland Security will suspend certain regulatory requirements for nonimmigrant students who are Hong Kong residents (regardless of country of birth) and are on F-1 visas, as well as students who face severe financial hardship as a direct result of an emergency situation in Hong Kong.

At the same time, the Secretary is taking action to provide assistance to lawful F-1 nonimmigrant students who are Hong Kong residents so that these students can apply for employment authorization (in the United States), increase their work hours while in school, and reduce their course load while continuing to maintain their F-1 nonimmigrant student status.

A corner of Hong Kong (Photo by Getty Images)

The announcement states that this notice applies only to F-1 nonimmigrant students who meet all of the following conditions: must be a resident of Hong Kong; must be lawfully residing in the United States on an F-1 visa as of the date of this announcement; must be enrolled in a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) accredited academic institution; must maintain F-1 visa non immigrant status; and have serious financial hardship as a direct result of a current emergency in Hong Kong.

The announcement also states that this notice applies to F-1 nonimmigrant students enrolled in approved private schools from kindergarten through grade 12, public schools from grades 9 through 12, and undergraduate and graduate education. Also, F-1 nonimmigrant students covered by this notice who transfer to another SEVP-accredited academic institution will still be eligible for the assistance provided by this notice.

The announcement of the concession is effective from 26 until February 5, 2023.

Previously, President Biden announced on August 5 that some Hong Kong residents would be granted “Deferred Enforced Departure” (DED) asylum for 18 months due to the CCP government’s persecution of human rights and freedoms in Hong Kong. In addition, Hong Kong residents may be allowed to work in the U.S. while they are granted asylum.

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