Employment is not required, but you may get some questions about how you support yourself. Means-tested public benefit are frowned upon.
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No, you don't have to be employed. Yes, you have to have paid any taxes that were legally due ... get your tax transcripts.
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No, but you will need to explain how you are supporting yourself.
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