An F-1 student who has maintained his/her status for an academic year and is in good academic standing may, in extreme circumstances, be eligible to apply for off-campus employment based on unforeseen economic hardship.
Economic hardship is defined as a “Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment without fault on the part of the student, substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate, inordinate increases in tuition and/or living expenses.” (8CFR 214.2 (f)(9)(ii)F).
A meeting with an International Center advisor is required to discuss options related to Economic Hardship. Applications are processed through the International Center and USCIS, cost $380 (payable to Department of Homeland Security) and take approximately 3-4 months for adjudication. Approvals are not guaranteed and are, in fact, difficult to obtain.
Students applying for Economic Hardship must be in good academic standing at the time of application.
All undergraduate students must hold a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.25 and all graduate students applying for economic hardship must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0.
You may access the Economic Hardship Form here