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The severe economic hardship employment authorization benefit is intended to address unforeseen situations where a financial need beyond the student's control arises and after all other potential employment opportunities have proven to be insufficient.
You are eligible to file for Economic Hardship if you meet all of the following conditions.
With this authorization, you can work off-campus in any job 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full-time (40 hours per week) during school breaks.
You cannot begin work until you receive the EAD card (Employment Authorization Document) or before the beginning date listed on your EAD card.
This employment authorization is granted by USCIS in increments of one year at a time or until the program end date; whichever is shorter.
You must reapply to USCIS each year to renew this work authorization. If you need uninterrupted work authorization, you must apply at least 90 days and no more than six months before your current authorization expires.
If you transfer to another school or fail to maintain your immigration status, the employment authorization is terminated.
You are required by immigration to report a change of contact information to the Multicultural Center within 10 days. You must notify us of any change in employment.
You are responsible for making two sets of copies of all documents before mailing originals to the USCIS via Certified or Registered Mail. One set will remain at the Multicultural Center and you should keep the second set for your files.