The Department of State is pleased to announce that the transfer of funding to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) by the Libyan General People’s Committee for Education and Scientific Research has been finalized, allowing Libyan students on scholarships in the United States to continue their studies until the end of May 2012. Because of UN, EU, and U.S. sanctions on the Libyan government, this transfer required special authorizations from the United Nations and the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This funding will cover and tuition fees for the benefit of more than 1,900 Libyan scholars studying at educational institutions across the United States.
In addition, to ameliorate the hardship arising from the current crisis in Libya, the Department of State announced special relief for certain Libyan J-1 exchange visitors who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011. The Department has suspended until December 31, 2011 the application of certain conditions and requirements governing program status and employment for students from Libya whose means of financial support have been delayed or interrupted.
This provision, published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2011, allows Libyan students in the Exchange Visitor Program to pursue full- or part-time and on- or off-campus employment. Temporary suspension of these conditions allows for a reduction in course load that may be necessary for some students due to this employment.
All Libyans students studying in the United States should contact the Office of International Students at their university for more specific information about funding and employment authorizations. Additionally, the Department continues to work with Libyan students and their universities to search for solutions regarding the approximately 200 Libyan students who are privately funding their studies and have experienced difficulty in transferring personal funds from Libya to the United States to cover their expenses.