Off-campus Employment

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.