Do you need a work permit to do an unpaid internship?

Asked about 1 year ago - Ithaca, NY

I arrived last month as a Dependant on a J-2 visa and before I want to apply for a work permit.
I want to obtain some experiences, can I do that on my J-2 visa or do I need a working permit?

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  1. Anu Gupta

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    Answered . Need the work permit to work.

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  2. Paritosh Bhupesh Sheth

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    Answered . In general unpaid volunteer work may be performed without a work permit
    Pari@parisheth.com
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  3. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . Need work permit to accept work, whether paid or unpaid.

    Behar Intl. Counsel 619.234.5962 Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be... more
  4. Lalita Haran

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    Answered . It depends upon what type of work it is. Sometimes it is OK and sometimes it is not. You should provide information on what work you have in mind etc. It would be best to seek personal legal advice once you know more about what your intend to do.
    Lalita Haran
    (317) 660-6174
    www.haranlaw.com

    Contact (317) 660-6174 for specific legal advice. Answers here are not legal advice because they are of general... more

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