Economic Hardship Work Authorization
Work Authorization can be granted based on the economic hardships that the F-1 student is struggling with due to unexpected circumstances. This authorization allow the F-1 student to work off while maintaining the student’s legal status in the US.
What circumstances are considered unexpected?
- Significant fluctuation in the exchange rate of the home currency’s value
- Unexpected medical conditions resulting in expensive medical bills
- Unforeseen changes in the financial state of the student’s financial sponsor
For more information on that please visit this website or contact the Center for Intercultural Advancement.
- Be in a valid F-1 status
- Be in a good academic standing and doing full load course of study
- Employment opportunities are insufficient (or unavailable at all)
- Have an unexpected economic hardship as explained above
- Must arrange a meeting with Ellen Navarro, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Advancement Office, to discuss your eligibility for obtaining a work authorization based on severe economic hardships, enter the information into the SEVIS system and provide you with a new I-20.
- Fill out the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, either electronically or on paper. To fill the application, you may need to upload (or send a copy of):
- Pay the $410 application fee