J-1 visa economic hardship employment

J-1 students are eligible for this type of off-campus employment only if they have experienced financial problems caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond their control that have arisen since acquiring exchange visitor status. Example circumstances include the loss of a graduate assistantship, inflation and economic problems in the home country, discontinuation of funding etc. This employment is limited to 20 hours per week during academic year and can be full-time only during vacation period and school breaks. It doesn't have to be related to the field of study.

To be authorized for academic hardship, the student must schedule an appointment with OISS advisor to discuss their financial situation and be able to document these circumstances. Final employment authorization will be granted in writing by RO/ARO.