I am a musician on an F-1 visa but I don't have OPT nor CPT. Can I just go ahead and play for free at venues, if I am invited to do so?
This is an immigration question. If you are not being paid for your performance then it is not work.
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Contact a US immigration attorney to review your specific circumstances. Based on your description, there should not be an issue with playing without pay.
You should contact an immigration attorney; however, based on your post, there should not be a problem with your voluntary performances.
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