I'm an F-1 visa holder on OPT STEM. I am interested in creating and publishing an online video course (and possibly a companion ebook textbook) about a new technology I'm an expert at. I would moonlight on it and keep my well-paid job in tech. Does my OPT STEM status prohibit me from earning money from such activities outside of my E-Verified job position?
Yes if the other employment is e verified and in the same field of study.
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Students on a STEM OPT can start a business and be self-employed. In this situation, the student must register his or her business with E-Verify and work full time. The student must be able to prove that he or she has the proper business licenses and is actively engaged in a business related to his or her degree program.
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Yes, if related to your major. You can work in the field of your study.
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