Off Campus Employment Based on Unforeseen Financial
Off-campus work permission is authorized by USCIS
and is based on a student's unforeseen change in financial circumstances,
his/her ability to demonstrate economic hardship, and his/her ability
to document that s/he was unable to obtain on-campus employment or
that such employment is insufficient.
- Authorization covers a period of one year or less,
depending on the student's completion date of his/her program.
- Authorization allows a student to work up to 20 hours per week
on or off the campus and full-time during the semester breaks
and the summer vacation period.
- Employment under this type of authorization does not need to
be related to a student's field of study.
- An extension of off-campus work permission is possible if the
student is still pursuing the same program of study at the same
school and can document that the financial situation still exists.
- Student must have been in legal
F-1 status at the University of Minnesota for at least one
- Most recent I-20 prepared must have been processed at least
nine months prior to application.
- Student must be able to document the unforeseen change in financial
- Student must be able to document economic hardship.
- Student must be able to document his/her inability to obtain
on-campus employment and/or salary of on-campus employment is
- Student must have a valid passport.
An ISSS adviser, during scheduled walk-in
hours or a scheduled appointment, will provide the application
materials as well as discuss documentation required to accompany the
- ISSS must process a recommendation on the application
before it can be mailed to USCIS.
- It may take USCIS up to 120 days to process an application.
- The application fee is $410, and it is
not refundable if the application is denied.
- A completed application consists of the items below and must
be submitted to an ISSS adviser during scheduled walk-in hours
or a scheduled appointment.
- It will take ISSS up to one week to process the recommendation.
- If USCIS approves the application, an Employment
Authorization Document (EAD) will be issued that reflects the
dates of the employment authorization.
- A student cannot begin employment until s/he is in possession
of the EAD.
- Off-campus work permission becomes void if a student completes
all degree requirements, begins a new degree program, or transfers
to another school.