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Severe Economic Hardship

Severe Economic Hardship

Severe economic hardship employment was established to provide students who have experienced a legitimate and unforeseen economic hardship since obtaining F-1 status the opportunity to obtain employment authorization.

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Severe Economic Hardship

The change in your financial situation must be unforeseen and through no fault of your own. Just what constitutes a legitimate and unforeseen economic hardship is debatable. Some examples would include: loss of on-campus employment: unexpected loss of a scholarship; serious currency devaluation when the funds come from abroad; excessive tuition and fee increases; medical bills; burglary or robbery (with a police report); substantial increases in living costs; disruption of a sponsor’s income; death of a sponsor etc.

You will need to document to OISP your severe and unforeseen economic hardship. If the circumstances are determined to be severe and unforeseen we will recommend to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approval of your application for work authorization. If granted, the work permit is valid for part-time employment (20 hours a week or less while school is in session) and full-time during scheduled breaks. OISP’s recommendation does not guarantee approval of your application.