Severe Economic Hardship and who can file it

Severe Economic Hardship is new, unexpected circumstances beyond your control creating severe economic hardship. These may include:

  • Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment (if you are not at fault)
  • Devaluation of the currency you depend upon to pay expenses
  • Unexpected changes to your sources of financial support
  • Unexpected large medical bills
  • Other substantial, unexpected expenses

The employment authorization is granted by USCIS in increments of one year at a time. The authorization allows you to work for any employer up to 20 hours per week while you are registered full-time. You may work more than 20 hours per week during breaks and summer. Economic Hardship employment authorization is automatically terminated when you graduate, fall out of status, or transfer to a new school. This employment will not affect your OPT.

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Wed 6/14/23 10:36 AM
Wed 6/14/23 10:36 AM