Students applying for Severe Economic Hardship must be an F-1 student who is enrolled in a full course of study continuously for at least 1 academic year. Students will be required to demonstrate unforeseen severe economic hardship. Students will also need to prove that employment is not available or is insufficient on-campus. This type of work permission is often hard to obtain and is a lengthy filing. If denied, you may not appeal the decision.
Eligible applicants for Severe Economic Hardship will need to complete the following:
- Complete the Application for Employment Authorization Form (Click here to Download Form).
- Sponsor Letter providing evidence of severe economic hardship (including documentation).
- Student Letter proving severe financial hardship due to an unforeseen economic crisis out of the student's control.
- Letter from your International Admissions advisor supporting your need for off-campus employment.
- Personal check or money order for $380.00 payable to the Department of Homeland Security.
- Copies of your current Passport, I-94 and Visa.
- Two color photos (see specifications).
- Make an appointment with the Department of International Admissions & Immigration to file the necessary paperwork. Please bring all completed forms prior to the meeting, including your check and color photos.