ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently announced special relief for certain F-1 Libyan students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011. This relief only applies to students who were lawfully present in the United States in F-1 status on February 1, 2011 and enrolled in a SEVP SEVIS certified school. The special relief will allow eligible Libyan F-1 students to obtain employment authorization and if necessary, reduce their course load while continuing maintain their F-1 status. ICE SEVP stated that there are approximately 2,000 Libyan F-1 students currently enrolled in schools in the United States. The DOS also announced special relief for certain Libyan J-1 exchange visitors who have also suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011. This special relief for both F-1 and J-1 Libyan students and exchange visitors will continue until December 31, 2011 unless further extended by ICE and DOS prior to this date.