|In exceptional circumstances students may pursue off-campus employment not directly related to their studies. Such employment is available only to students who experience unexpected economic hardship after entering the U.S. and only after the first year of study.
It can be difficult to obtain permission to work based on economic necessity. Those who are authorized for off-campus employment can only work 20 hours per week while school is in session; 40 hours during vacation periods.
F-1 and J-1students should discuss off-campus employment with their international Student Advisor, who will instruct them on how to apply for work permission from USCIS