Is it legal to work for a foreign company in f1 visa status?

Asked about 1 year ago - Washington, DC

I am in the U.S. with a student visa. A european company has asked me to do a project for them and get paid. Given the fact that they will pay me from outside of the U.S, is it legal to accept that? Is there anything I have to pay attention to? to make sure I won't get into trouble.

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  1. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . Yes, this scenario seems legal. Make sure not to be seen working with any US based personnel (if any) this Co. Might have.

    Behar Intl. Counsel 619.234.5962 Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be... more
  2. Ismail T. Shahtakhtinski

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    Answered . The answer is likely not. If you are physically in the US doing something that could have been done by a US worker, then you cannot do such work, unless you have a work authorization. Even if you do not get paid.

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  3. F. J. Capriotti III

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    Answered . No ... NO.

    How you're paid isn't important. The important think is that you will be 'working' while on US soil.

    Fly to Europe, do the work, and fly back ... no problem.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- franco@capriotti.com -- www.capriotti.com -- This blog posting... more
  4. Stephen D. Berman

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    Answered . There is no law on the subject, but I would advise caution and not to do work in the U.S. that you get paid for, even if they are depositing the payments abroad.

    The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an... more
  5. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . You can only work while in the US, whether paid or unpaid, whether for an employer or self-employed, if that work is authorized by USCIS.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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