Under certain circumstances, USCIS may grant employment authorization to F-1 Students who show clear evidence of the need for financial assistance. Please note that this employment benefit is very difficult to receive, and is reserved by USCIS as a last resort for those students requiring financial assistance to complete their academic program.
Must have explored all other options for employment
Financial need must be unforeseen, due to a change in circumstances Approval of ISSS office
Hours Per Week
Up to 20 hours during academic year
No limit during vacation periods
Speak to an ISSS advisor
Requires 3 - 5 business days for ISSS to process, plus 2 - 3 months for USCIS to process
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