Having been admitted to the University and issued a Form I-20, you have shown that you have sufficient financial funding (provided through family funds, financial sponsors, etc.) to cover your education expenses throughout your studies at Florida International University. As an F-1 student, you are fully aware that your employment options are very limited. However, an F-1 student who suffered a SEVERE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP or a serious and extreme financial emergency that is UNFORESEEN and BEYOND THEIR CONTROL may be eligible to apply for Off-Campus Employment Due To Severe Economic Necessity.
ISSS recommendation is required and application is submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services-Texas Service Center (U.S. BCIS-TSC) official authorization is granted by BCIS.
Although the BCIS regulations establish eligibility for off-campus employment based on your initial acquisition of F-1 status, FIU ISSS advisors generally evaluate your situation based on the date of initial entry into FIU. Since you were required to document finances before you received your FIU I-20, ISSS advisors assume that any severe economic hardship or extreme emergency must have occurred AFTER you submitted the financial documents to the FIU Office of Admissions. ISSS advisors will NOT recommend to BCIS that you be authorized to continue off-campus employment which was authorized at your previous school.