Students can apply for off-campus employment ONLY if they are able to demonstrate severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen factors. These circumstances may include any of the following:
- Substantial fluctuations in the value of exchange rates or national currency
- Inordinate increase in tuition and/or living expenses
- Unexpected and substantial change in the financial conditions of the student’s source of support, medical bills or other expenses
Students are eligible to apply for off-campus employment authorization if they meet all of the following conditions:
- Have F-1 status for nine months
- Are in good academic standing
- Employment opportunities on-campus are unavailable or insufficient
- Can demonstrate that acceptance of employment will not interfere with their ability to carry a full course of study
- Students may work a total of twenty hours per week when school is in session. OTC counts all on and off-campus employment toward this twenty-hour limit.
The government grants employment authorization in one-year intervals. The USCIS will only authorize renewals if the student maintains good academic standing. The authorization is automatically terminated if students fail to maintain status.