University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

F – 1 Students

Off Campus Employment Based on Unforeseen Financial Change

Eligibility, Application, Application Forms, Authorization

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 academic year.
  • 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 circumstances.
  • 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 insufficient.
  • Student must have a valid passport.
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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 application.

  • 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.
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Application Forms

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  • 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.
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