Provo, UT asked in Immigration Law for Utah

Q: I'm on an F1 visa. Is doing a paid medical trials outside of campus constitutes an unauthorized employment?

I haven't done any unauthorized work, but I have done so far one paid medical study for a medical research company. Technically this is not an employment, I'm a volunteer, but I'm getting paid for it . I don't provide services, just my body for medical tests, which I guess could be considered a service. That got me worried. Can USCIS consider my participation in a medical study an unauthorized employment?

I don't know why this didn't occur to me before I did the study, it would have saved me the time and worries. Thanks.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: It’s likely, yes. Any type of remuneration beyond what is allowed is suspect. Check with your school’s international student office.

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