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F1 Visa Holders will be Employed Off-Campus

F1 Visa Holders will be Employed Off-Campus


If you experience severe economic hardship due to COVID-19 circumstances as a F-1 Student, you may request off-campus employment authorization. If you meet certain regulatory requirements and therefore get approved for your employment request, you may be able to work off-campus in one-year intervals up to the expected date of your study course completion.

Examples of unforeseen circumstances include (but are not limited to):

  • Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment (through no fault of your own);
  • Substantial fluctuations in currency value or exchange rate;
  • Inordinate increases in tuition or living costs;
  • Unexpected changes in the financial condition of your source of support;
  • Medical bills; and
  • Other substantial and unexpected expenses.

Certain regulatory F-1 requirements:

  • You have been in F-1 status for one full academic year;
  • You are in good standing as a student;
  • You are carrying a full course of study;
  • Acceptance of employment will not interfere with your carrying a full course of study;
  • The employment is necessary to avoid severe economic hardship due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control; and
  • On-campus employment is unavailable or is not sufficient to meet the needs that have arisen due to the unforeseen circumstances.

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