The government has made provisions on a case-by-case basis to grant authorization for off-campus employment due to new, unexpected circumstances beyond your control that have created the severe economic hardship. These may include:
- Loss of financial aid–if it is not your fault;
- Large increases in tuition or living costs
- Substantial decrease in the relative value of currency you depend upon to pay expenses;
- Unexpected changes in the financial conditions for your sources of financial support;
- Unexpectedly large medical bills not covered by insurance; or
- Other substantial, unexpected expenses.
- Lawful F-1 status for at least one full academic year
- Good academic standing
- Documented. supportable evidence that your off-campus employment is necessary due to severe economic hardship caused by circumstances beyond your control that arose after obtaining F-1 status
- Academic record supportive of the prospect that accepting off-campus employment will not interfere with your ability to successfully complete a full course of study
- Work is limited to no more than 20 hours per week off-campus while school is in session or full-time during vacation periods.
- Authorization is granted in increments of one year or until your program end date, which ever is sooner.
Complete an Application for Employment Authorization Form I-765. (You can complete the form on page 10 by using your computer keyboard. Use the TAB key to navigate.) Complete Item #16 as follows: ( c ) ( 3 ) ( iii ). Be sure to include the following as part of your application. Form filing tips
- Form I-765
- $ 410 check or money order payable to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- New Form I-20 recommending your employment obtained from International Services-send a copy with your application
- Copies of all previous Form I-20s
- 2 photos as detailed in “Part 3. Required Documentation” of the application—we recommend you place them in a small plastic bag
- Copy of your Form I-94 Departure Record (front and back)
- Documentation of hardship
- Personal letter explaining the circumstances of the hardship
- Supporting materials
- For example, a letter detailing illness at home or information telling of the devaluation of currency in your home country, etc. (Letters from parents and sponsors must be notarized.)
- A list of assets, income, and expenses
- Explanation as to why other employment options are unavailable or insufficient (a simple statement might suffice)
- Copy of your passport visa and your name, date of birth, photograph, passport number, and passport expiration date pages. If you are Canadian, you may submit a copy of a photo identity document issued by a governmental agency such as a passport showing your photograph, name, and date of birth or a driver's license showing the same information. The photocopy must clearly show your photograph and identity information.
- Copy of your last EAD (front and back) if you have previously received one
- Bring your completed application to International Services for review before submitting it to USCIS.
- We recommend that you make a copy of everything you send to USCIS for your personal records.
- EADs will not be forwarded so if you are planning to move, you may want to put our office address on the I-765 (1351 WSC, Provo, UT 84602). However, if you do, you must update your contact information in Route Y (address, email, phone) so we can reach you when your EAD arrives.
- We recommend that you send your application by certified return receipt mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org