I am an F-1 grad student and I got to know some other graduate students who write informational ebooks (how-to's), create a web page for them to advertise and sell them online on Amazon and other online stores. Would that be a legal income within the F-1 visa? If no, would it be ok if I did that using online stores registered in my country of origin (in Europe)?
Thank you in advance!
If you're doing the work on this project while physically in the US, then it is productive employment and prohibited without a valid work permit or status permitting you to work. I know it seems stupid in this day and age of virtual productivity, but think of the analogy of a programmer. The programmer can program in India for a US company - they do not need a work permit. However, if that programmer came to the US and did the same work for the same US company - even if the information exists in the same virtual servers, they will need a work permit because that productive work is being done in the US. Therefore, the registration in the European online store doesn't matter - you'd simply be exporting work you're doing in the US. Working without a permit could seriously ruin any future plans you have of staying in the US.
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Well. It takes work to do that, does it not? Work you are not allowed to do without EAD.
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Earning income from work performed in the US is unlawful if not authorized bu the USCIS.
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