In order to qualify for Economic Need work permission employment, you must meet the following criteria
Applying for Economic Need work permission is a two-step process: (1) you must first obtain the OGS recommendation for Economic Need work permission; and (2) upon receiving the OGS recommendation, apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
(1) In order to obtain OGS recommendation, you must come to the OGS with the following documents:
An OGS advisor will review your application materials. Please allow for up to 10 days processing time. This is not a routine application and is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. At times, an OGS advisor may recommend that you obtain further supporting evidence to document your claims. Note that the USCIS scrutinizes Economic Need applications carefully; as a result, the more evidence you can provide to establish the unforeseen and unexpected nature of your economic situation, the better.
If the OGS recommends Economic Need work permission, F-1 students receive a I-20.
(2) Apply to the USCIS. Once you have received an OGS recommendation, F-1 students can then apply for Economic Need work permission. Do not prepare these materials until you have received an OGS recommendation for Economic Need work permission. Your complete application packet will include:
Once you have prepared all of the above materials, mail your application to USCIS. For those residing in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, the address for private courier service is:
2501 S. State Hwy, 121 Business
Lewisville, TX 75067
If you use an address in a different part of the U.S., please speak with an OGS advisor to find out the appropriate USCIS mailing address.
(3) Once you are authorized for Economic Need employment, if you don't already have a Social Security number, you must apply for one to get paid. Learn more about how to apply for a Social Security number.
USCIS routinely takes up to 90 days to process this type of application. Approval is NOT guaranteed, and you may not begin employment unless you have received written approval from the USCIS. Written approval will come in the form of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
If approved, you will receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from the USCIS granting you permission to work off-campus. Typically, permission is granted for up to one year. Note also the following: