What happens if I am on a student visa but work?

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What happens if I am on a student visa but work?

I came to the US as a student 6 years ago and I have been maintaining my legal status ever since. Next month, I will be filing I-485 application based on marriage to a US citizen. I am currently on OPT but the “job” I have with OPT gives me almost zero money so I work part time somewhere else by getting paid in cash. I want to know how I should fill out my I-485 (the current occupation part) and G-325A (employment history) since as a student, I know I am not allowed to work. Some people suggest me that I must never reveal these facts. Others say that I have to be honest with USCIS otherwise I will be in trouble.

Asked on September 9, 2013 under Immigration Law, Georgia

Answers:

Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Hello. You definitely need to be honest.  You ought not be deceitful in any manner. You can expect that a thorough background check on you will be made. Do contact a private attorney who will be happy to help you. Immigration and Visa law is federal law, so any knowledgeable licensed attorney may assist you. You are welcome to phone my law firm on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as weekdays. This website provides general information and general principles of law and does not provide private legal advice. Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will confer initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.

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Harun Kazmi / Kazmi and Sakata Attorneys at Law

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you obtain your Green card based on marriage to a US citizen, any unauthorized employment is excused. Thus, be honest and it will not harm your adjustment of status application.


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