financial hardship

One condition of approval for F-1 nonimmigrant status is that a student shows the ability to pay for his or her education and support while in the United States. The severe economic hardship employment authorization benefit is intended to address situations where a financial need beyond the student's control arises, which was unforeseen at the time the student applied to the school he or she is currently attending and after all other potential employment opportunities have proven to be insufficient.

Examples of such situations include loss of financial aid or employment through no fault on the part of the student, severe fluctuations in the value of currency from his/her home country, unexpected changes in financial condition of the student’s source of support, medical bills, or other considerable unexpected expenses.

Students may wish to discuss their situation with a Student Advisor prior to making the decision to apply for this type of employment authorization.


To be eligible for economic hardship employment authorization, you must:


All Documents should be sent by the student with a check for the amount of $380.00 to the Service Center with jurisdiction over your place of residence (address on item 3 of your I-765).

Click here to download the financial hardship application.