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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.