Economic Hardship

Help for Unforeseen Circumstances

President and students

F-1 students who do not qualify for employment under Practical Training (CPT or OPT) may be eligible to apply to USCIS for off-campus work authorization based on economic hardship due to unforeseen circumstances.

Students with financial concerns should make an appointment to see the Director of International Relations to share those concerns and explore solutions together.

 

Guidelines for Authorization

It is generally difficult to obtain this authorization. You must be able to prove to USCIS that employment is necessary due to severe economic hardship caused by circumstances beyond your control that arose after obtaining F-1 status. You would also need to explain why other employments options (e.g., on-campus employment) are unavailable or insufficient.


Please note the following requirements:

• Student must be maintaining F-1 status.

• Student must have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year.

• Student would still need to enroll full-time during fall and spring semesters while pursuing employment.

• Student would only be eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Student would be eligible to work full-time during the college's vacation periods.

• Work does not need to be in the student's field of study.

It is generally difficult to obtain this authorization. You must be able to prove to USCIS that employment is necessary due to severe economic hardship caused by circumstances beyond your control that arose after obtaining F-1 status. You would also need to explain why other employments options (e.g., on-campus employment) are unavailable or insufficient. Students with financial concerns should make an appointment to see the Director of International Relations at 719.384.6805.