Economic Hardship

Economic Hardship

If you suffer from unforeseen financial difficulties due to circumstances beyond your control, you may be able to apply for work authorization (EAD card) based on your economic hardship. By obtaining this EAD card, you would be eligible to work off-campus during your studies instead of only relying on on-campus job opportunties. In order to apply, you must provide proof that your financial sponsor has unexpectedly suffered financial difficulties.

This may be due to sudden fluctuations in your country's currency, a sponsor losing their job, death of sponsor, or similar circumstances. You will also have to show that you made genuine attempts to obtain on-campus employment before seeking the economic hardship work permit, and that on-campus jobs were either not available or were insufficient.

To apply for an economic hardship Employment Authorization Document (EAD), first read more detailed information from Study in the States, a website under the Department of Homeland Security. Then, you can schedule an appointment with your immigration advisor to discuss the application process in more detail.