Severe Economic Hardship Work Authorization | Current International Students

Severe Economic Hardship Employment is off-campus employment authorization for students who are experiencing serious financial difficulties caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. If authorized, you may get any kind of legal job, anywhere, work a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session, and work full-time during vacation periods.

This type of work authorization is extremely hard to get and will only be recommended by an OGEadvisor when students have considerable documentation for the situation and that it meets the criteria of being unforeseen and beyond the student's control. USCIS has specifically stated that applications based on the following reasons will be denied:

To Apply

Students interested in applying for an Economic Hardship work authorization must contact OGE to schedule an appointment to see an advisor.

Severe Economic Hardship Work Authorization Eligibility

To be eligible for a Severe Economic Hardship Work Authorization you must:

Documentation Required

Social Security Number

All students receiving an Economic Hardship Work Authorization will be required to obtain a Social Security number. Please review our Social Security Numbers page for more information.

More Information

Contact an OGE Advisor for more information.

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