Can I work as freelancer while holding F1 Visa

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Can I work as freelancer while holding F1 Visa

Can I work as freelancer through the internet in websites such as upwork.com
while holding F1 Visa? is it legal?

Asked on July 27, 2016 under Immigration Law, New York

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If you intend to get paid as a freelancer then no because you are not authorized to work while in f-1 status unless and until you have your OPT EAD.  If you do work while you are not authorized to do so, you are jeopardizing your future in terms of immigration in the US.


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