I've been in the US for over three years as a student. I only worked five days without authorization and got less than $200. The company did pay taxes and I got a paystub but I never received a W2 after. Am I going to be permanently banned from the country if the government finds out?
Can they find out -- probably yes if taxes were taken out of your pay check. Will it be relevant to the status you are applying for is a separate and more important question that can't be answered from the facts presented. If your employment happened this year you may want to give the money back and tell the employer you would rather volunteer.
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They might find out.
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Easy. There is a question on the form and you have to disclose it. Specifically: pay attention to Part 3, section e of the USCIS form I-539 which asks you whether you have ever violated conditions of your nonimmigrant status. You would have to say "yes" and disclose 5 days of unauthorized employment.
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Consult with an immigration attorney in person. You may get some different answers.
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