USCIS sent me an email about a Virtual Focus Group. If I take a survey and I qualify for it they said they're going to give me 100$ through PayPal. I feel like I'm being tricked into working so ICE will arrest/deport me over it.
What should I do about it? It looks like a trap.
Backstory: I'm waiting on a decision from Uscis regarding my i-485 and my EAD expired.
Your fact pattern makes no sense. USCIS does not ask one to participate in any 'surveys" of any kind.
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USCIS does not do paid focus groups. You are correct unless you have authorization to be employed it is prohibited.
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This sounds like a scam. Contact USCIS directly to inquire.
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I have never heard of USCIS conducting paid surveys. I suspect that this is a scam not actually put on by USCIS. I would contact USCIS to let them know about it.
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