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The International Office is here to help provide you information on staying legal while working. Please come and talk with an International Student Advisor to be sure that you are working legally or if you have questions.
Legal or Authorized employment
Illegal or Unauthorized employment
Off-Campus Employment AuthorizationSevere Economic Hardship, according to US Immigration regulations, "If other employment opportunities are not available or are otherwise insufficient, an eligible F-1 student may request off-campus employment work authorization based upon severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student's control."
Eligibility - To be eligible to apply for off-campus employment authorization, based upon severe economic hardship, F-1 students have to meet the following conditions:
1. F-1 students must demonstrate severe economic hardship resulting from one of the following unforeseen circumstances:
2. F-1 students must have been in F-1 status for one full academic year (9 months).
3. Students must be in good academic standing, registered full-time, and the employment must not interfere with their studies.
4. Employment opportunities on campus are either unavailable or insufficient to meet their needs.
Any unauthorized (illegal) employment, even for one day or if you did not know it was illegal, poses a threat to your status. You must always be certain that you have the necessary employment authorization before you begin employment. Starting work without prior authorization, even if you receive authorization later, constitutes illegal employment.