I am a student on F-1 visa. I started my internship as unpaid, soon was transferred to paid basis. Now i'm married and trying to legalize my status here ( my husband is a US citizen). What should I do about my employment? Should i tell and if i do will this have any effect on my immigration? ( I've been working more than 20 hours a week and didn't tell my school about it)...
Pursuant to INA 245(c) and as you would be the beneficiary of an immediate relative petition, unauthorized employment does not disqualify you from adjustment of status. It can be used against you in the matter of discretion; CIS doesn't have to adjust you if they determine the negative equities outweigh the positives. Best to use a lawyer for the filing and attend the interview with you.
Unauthorized employment by itself is not a reason to deny your green card based on a marriage to a US citizen. But lying on your application forms is. So don't lie on your application forms. List your employment where required. But if you claimed to be a US citizen when you filled out the I-9 for your job, then you might have big problems.
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