Off-campus work permission is authorized by USCIS and is based on a student's unforeseen change in financial circumstances, their ability to demonstrate economic hardship, and their ability to document that they were 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 theirprogram.
- 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.
- In legal F-1 status at the University of Minnesota for at least one academic year
- Have a valid passport
- Most recent I-20 prepared must have been processed at least nine months prior to application
Students must also be able to document:
- Unforeseen change in financial circumstances
- Economic hardship
- Inability to obtain on-campus employment and/or the salary of on-campus employment is insufficient
An ISSS advisor, 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 advisor 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 they are 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.