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Immigration: Employment Authorization

Off Campus Employment

F-1 Unforeseen Severe Economic Hardship

Eligibility for this category requires that students be in F-1 student status for one academic year. A job offer is NOT required to apply for this form of employment authorization, however, the student's International Center advisor must certify that other F-1 employment authorization opportunities are not available or otherwise insufficient.

Students must prove to USCIS that they have incurred severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. It is very difficult to meet the criteria to qualify for this category of work authorization.

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