Severe Economic Hardship
F-1 or J-1 students who are experiencing economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond their control may be eligible for off-campus work authorization. Students in F-1 immigration status must apply through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the approval of this type of authorization. Students in J-1 status will obtain the approval from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
A student can be employed off-campus up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and full-time during official school breaks. The job does not have to be related to the course of study and a job offer is not required to apply. Authorization must be acquired before a student begins working off-campus.
Employment with an International Organization
This type of employment allows F-1 students to work for recognized international organizations. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has provided a section of Frequently Asked Questions regarding this type of employment authorization.