Coronavirus Work Permit for F-1 International Students in the United States

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Released on 03/20/2020
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) is actively monitoring the effects of the public health emergency related to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak. Due to the current state emergency situation, the USCIS also provides special support for individual who are affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
For those F-1 international students in the United States, the USCIS may offer you the employment authorization if there is severe hardship to you caused by this unforeseen coronavirus, which allow you work off-campus. The examples of unforeseen circumstances include, but not limited to, negative impact caused to you by coronavirus outbreak for the followings:

• Loss of financial aid or on-campus employment (through no fault of your own);
• Substantial fluctuations in currency value or exchange rate;
• Inordinate increases in tuition or living costs;
• Unexpected changes in the financial condition of your source of support;
• Medical bills; and
• Other substantial and unexpected expenses.

If your request is approved, you may be able to work off-campus in one-year intervals up to the expected date of completion of your current course of study.

Our attorneys at Lucy Lu & Associates continue to work for our clients at this difficult time. The team at Lucy Lu & Associates wishes everyone stay safe.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at service@lucylulaw.com or 800-928-4615. You may also chat with us online at https://www.lucylulaw.com/ during our normal work hours from 9:00 am to 9:00 PM (eastern time) from Monday to Friday.

45 thoughts on “Coronavirus Work Permit for F-1 International Students in the United States

  1. Rizwan Reply

    Hey there, how are you?
    I have question on this article.
    I will like to apply for work permit my current status is on F1.

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Rizwan, we already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

  2. AIYAZ RAHIM PIRANI Reply

    What is the procedure to apply for off campus work permit
    How much it will cost me and is that a wavier for the feea

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Aiyaz, we already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Should you meet the requirements, you may retain our service. The attorney fee is $1060 and the USCIS filing fee is $410. The USCIS may consider filing fee waiver, which do require your financial disclosure to justify the needs.

  3. Suman Kathayat Reply

    Hello ,
    Is this news for real ?
    What are the files and documents do we need to submit ?
    What is the possibility of getting the permit ?
    Do we get refunds ,if it’s not approved ?
    Only the affected ones are allowed to submit or any F-1 international student can submit it?
    Response is highly appreciated.

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Suman, we already emailed you the fee letter and checklist for your consideration. The F-1 hardship Employment Authorization is nothing new but a new application in the coronavirus outbreak condition. We have many approved F-1 hardship employment authorization cases. Unfortunately, we’ll not provide refund if the case is denied. If you meet the qualifications listed in our article, you may consider hiring us for the case. Even if the work permit is approved, you are required to continue to maintain your F-1 status.

  4. Yasmine Reply

    Hi

    I m f1 student and how can I apply for work authoration what documents you need

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Yasmine, we’ll email you the checklist.

  5. Jiyeon Reply

    Hello,

    Are there F1 students who already got thier work authorization due to hardships related to coronavirus? What documents do i need to submit? And how long will the process be until I get my work authorization? Thank you for the writing and information!

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Jiyeon, the F-1 hardship EAD is nothing new. It is a long term policy of the USCIS. We successfully obtained many prior approvals. It normally takes 3-5 months for the USCIS to adjudicate it. We already sent you the fee letter and checklist. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  6. Lisa Reply

    Please email the checklist and other important information. Thanks

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Lisa, we emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Please feel free to contact us if you have more questions.

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Olzhas, we already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Niveen, we emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

  7. Oxana Reply

    Hello,
    I am a graduate student at Boston University. I want to apply for F-1 hardship Employment Authorization
    May I ask you to email me the fee letter and checklist?

    Thank you!

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Oxana, we emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

  8. Devadas Tenali Reply

    Hello,

    I’m an F1 Student currently & my spouse was supporting my tuition. Due to the pandemic she was laid off from work last month. However She’s yet to receive her full & final settlement and the relieving letter. I suspect that the letter may not state that she’s being laid off due the ongoing situation but it is obvious. I’d like to know if i’d have a good chance of consideration should i file for such a request & what would be the charges for representing me.
    Many thanks,

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Devadas, the unexpected loss of job can be one reason to consider your F-1 hardship EAD. We already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Should you have any detailed questions, you can schedule a consultation with us here: https://www.lucylulaw.com/consultation/

  9. Rezwan Rahman Reply

    Hi Lucy! This is Rezwan. I would like to apply for economic hardship. Besides my wife is your client. Ms. Adeeba Marzia. I guess you remember us. Please advise.

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Rezwan, we emailed you the checklist and fee schedule. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

  10. Mirjana Reply

    HI,

    Can you send me the list of the documents I need?

    Thank you!

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Dear Mirjana, we already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

  11. Jing Reply

    Hi,

    What will be the requirements for F1 visa holders who would like to apply for work authorization?

    Thank you.

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Jing, we emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  12. Mohammed Seid Reply

    Hi i am an international student and i was wondering how i can justify or give proof of my finical effect of the pandemic. Like do i need a letter from my family and the university besides my signed I-20

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Mohammed, we already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  13. Angel Bert Reply

    Hi,
    I want to apply for F1 employment hardship authorization. Can you please advise me on this?

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Angel, we already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

  14. Angel Tigga Reply

    Hi Sir,
    Can you please guide me. I want to apply for F1 employment hardship work authorization

    Thanks,
    Angel

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      We already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Yes. we can still apply for the F-1 hardship EAD. This is a long-term policy. We already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  15. Soofiyan shah Reply

    Hi! How are you doing? Still we can apply for work permit?

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Dear Fahad, Thank you for sending inquiry through our website comments. We already emailed you the fee letter and checklist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  16. Andrey Reply

    Hi.
    I’m F-1 student. What are the documents I need to submit???

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Andrey, we already emailed you the checklist and fee schedule. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

    • Lucy Lu Post authorReply

      Ram, I emailed you the checklist and fee schedule. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

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