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F-1 Off Campus Employment and International Organization Internship

Last updated 31-Jan-2018

Overview

Off-campus employment is a benefit available for some F-1 students who are:

  • Experiencing an economic hardship.
  • Seeking special student relief due to emergent circumstances.
  • Participating in an internship with an international organization.

A designated school official (DSO) must verify that the student qualifies for off-campus employment by entering the employment information in SEVIS.

The student must then file a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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  • 8 CFR 214.2(f)(9)(ii) – Off-campus work authorization
  • 8 CFR 214.2(f)(9)(iii) – Internship with an international organization

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) defines “severe economic hardship” as a financial condition caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student’s control that make it difficult for a student to continue education in the United States.

These financial conditions may include:

  • Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment through no fault of the student.
  • Substantial changes in the exchange rate or value of the currency upon which the student depends.
  • Inordinate increases in tuition or living costs.
  • Unexpected changes in the financial state of the student’s source of support.
  • Medical bills.
  • Other substantial and unexpected expenses.

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8 CFR 214.2(f)(9)(ii)(C) – Severe economic hardship

To qualify for off-campus employment, the student must be able to demonstrate why on-campus employment is unavailable or insufficient to meet the student’s financial needs, which arose from unexpected circumstances.

Special Student Relief Due to Emergent Circumstances

Under emergent circumstances, the government may suspend some requirements for affected F-1 students, including the requirements for off-campus employment. In such cases, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue a notice in the Federal Register, giving details of such suspension.

Internship with an International Organization

Students who are offered an internship with an international organization may be eligible for an employment benefit. The internship must:

  • Be in the United States.
  • Be with a public international organization that falls within the International Organization Immunities Act, as defined in 22 U.S.C. § 288 59 Stat. 669.

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8 CFR 316.20(c) – International Organizations Immunities Act designations

 

Add Off-Campus Employment

1. Navigate to the Student Information Page.

the Student Information Page

  2. Click Off-Campus Employment under the Employment/Training section. The Off-Campus Employment page opens.

The Off-Campus Employment page

3. Click New Off-Campus Employment. The Add Off-Campus Employment page opens.

The Add Off-Campus Employment page

4. Enter the following information in the Add Off-Campus Employment fields:

  • Employment Start Date: Required field.
  • Employment End Date: Required field.
  • Off-Campus Employment Type:
    • Click drop-down arrow to select Economic Hardship, International Organization [Internship], or Special Student Relief [due to emergent circumstances].
    • Required field.
  • Recommendation:
    • Optional field.
    • Text prints on the Form I-20, Page 2.
  • Student Remarks:
    • Optional field.
    • Text prints on the Form I-20, Page 2.

5. Click Add Employment. An Update Successful confirmation page opens.

the Update Successful confirmation page

6. Click either:

  • Return to Employment List: Returns the user to the Off-Campus Employment page without printing the Form I-20.
  • Print I-20: Prints the Form I-20 with the DSO’s employment recommendation.

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The student must send a copy of the Form I-20, along with the Form I-765, to USCIS.

Edit Off-Campus Employment

To edit a request for employment:

  1. Navigate to the Off-Campus Employment page.

the Off-Campus Employment page

  2. Click Edit next to the record you want to change. The Edit Off-Campus Employment page opens.

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You may only edit requests in Requested or Pending status.

The Edit Off-Campus Employment page

  3. Edit the following information, if needed:

  • Employment Start Date: Required field.
  • Employment End Date: Required field.
  • Off-Campus Employment Type:
    • Click drop-down arrow to select Economic Hardship, International Organization [Internship], or Special Student Relief [due to emergent circumstances].
    • Required field.
  • Recommendation:
    • Optional field.
    • Text prints on the Form I-20, Page 2.
  • Student Remarks:
    • Optional field.
    • Text prints on the Form I-20, Page 2.

  4. Click Update Employment. An Update Successful confirmation page opens.

The Update Successful confirmation page

  5. Click either:

  • Return to Employment List: Returns the user to the Off-Campus Employment page without printing the Form I-20.
  • Print I-20: Prints the Form I-20 with the DSO’s employment recommendation.

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An updated Form I-20 should be mailed to USCIS.

Cancel Off-Campus Employment

To cancel a request:

  1. Navigate to the Off-Campus Employment page.

 the Off-Campus Employment page

2. Click Cancel Request next to the record you want to cancel. A Confirm Cancelation of Request message opens.

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You may only cancel employment requests in the Requested status

Confirm Cancellation of Request

3. Click either:

  • Yes: Cancels the off-campus employment request. Update Successful message opens.
  • No: Returns to the Off-Campus Employment page.

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If the student has sent the Form I-765 application to USCIS, you must withdraw the application with USCIS, even if the SEVIS status is still Requested.

Correction Request for Off-Campus Employment

Sometimes SEVIS displays the incorrect status of benefit requests; for example, a request may be listed as Pending, instead of Approved.

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For information on correcting the status of employment requests in SEVIS, see Correct SEVIS Status of USCIS Requests article on the SEVIS Help Hub.

Icon Guide

See the SEVIS Help Icons on the SEVIS Help Hub for a quick-reference of the icons used in this user guide.