Severe Economic Hardship Employment is a form of employment authorized through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The employment authorized is for off-campus, part-time employment that does not need to be related to your degree of study.
In order to be eligible, a student must show documented evidence of a situation causing economic need and how that need was unforeseen. For example, proof of currency devaluation or a letter from home detailing a change in family circumstances. Federal Regulation: 8 C.F.R. 214.2 (f) (9) (ii) (A), (C), (D), (F).
The purpose of Severe Economic Hardship Employment is to assist international students that are well into their academic program and who experience a sudden change in economic situation which would prevent them from completing their degree.
An International Student must have been in legal F-1 status for at least 9 months prior to applying. You must make an appointment with an International Student Advisor in order to apply.