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Receiving remuneration from non-US company during F1 stay

Santa Clara, CA |

I am coming to the US for research program under F1 visa. During the program I will keep my employment dormant back in my home country (Croatia) with minimum salary required under the local law. I may be asked by my employer to provide some consultancy services related to my previous projects. Will that violate F1 terms? Thank you

under "keeping employment dormant" I mean minimum part-time employment with minimum salary

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Attorney answers 3


Yes, F-1 is a non-working visa.

(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.


You cannot engage in employment in the USA while in F1 visa unless authorized to work. What you have described is an employment.

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If you do the 'work' while physically in the US ... it doesn't matter if the company pays you outside of the US ... it is a violation of your F-1 .... talk to your school's foreign student adviser.

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