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Off-Campus Employment: Economic Necessity

Eligibility for off-campus employment based on severe economic necessity

To be eligible to apply, the student must:

  1. Have been in F-1 status for one full academic year, be in good academic and legal standing and carry a full course of study.&
  2. Demonstrate that there is an unforeseen severe economic necessity beyond the student’s control and that other employment opportunities are not available or insufficient.
  3. Establish that the employment will not interfere with full-time study.

Important aspects of economic necessity employment

  • Economic necessity refers to financial problems caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student’s control. The financial problems may, for example, result from unexpected loss of a graduate assistantship, the death of a financial sponsor, the fluctuations of the home country currency or exchange rate. If the financial situation is too severe, it may not be possible to solve the problem with part-time employment. The student and DSO may need to look at together solutions.
  • Employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session but may be full-time during vacations or holidays.
  • The application requires a SEVIS recommendation from the DSO. The DSO will update the student’s record to indicate that off-campus employment has been recommended. 
  • If approved, the USCIS will issue an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and update the SEVIS student record.
  • USCIS approval is granted in one-year intervals
  • Authorized ends upon the completion date of the program or school transfer.

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