Students on F-1 visas may work off-campus under a "severe economic hardship: exemption." This is defined as a situation that is unforeseen and beyond the student's control. Examples are loss of financial aid or on-campus employment that is not the student's fault, a significant devaluation of the student's home currency, inordinate increases in tuition, or unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student's main source of support.
Applying for Severe Economic Hardship
A student meets eligibility based on severe economic hardship as follows:
- is in good academic standing and is taking a full course load.
- can demonstrate unforeseen severe economic hardship.
- employment is not available or is insufficient on-campus.
- has been in F-1 status for one full academic year.
- employment will not interfere with the studies.