Philadelphia, PA asked in Immigration Law for Pennsylvania

Q: F1 Student, re-entry, new i20, new SEVIS

I'm an F1 student who unknowingly engaged in unauthorized work with some employer previous semester. When I came to know about this being a violation, I immediately reported to my immigration department at the college. They are stressing me to take new i20 and make a short re-entry to the US.

I have my F1 status valid for more than two years from now. Regarding the employment, I have a document from that organization confirming that I'm never a Full time or a Part-time employee and never been on the payroll. And also confirmed saying that I volunteered for them, refused and returned the honorarium they have given to me which is way below 600 USD. They did not file anything with IRS.

How should I proceed further? Should I keep the talks with my immigration department going and resolve the issue?

In the worst case, If I take the new i20 and Pay for new SEVIS. Will there be any objections or problems during my return to the US in the port of entry?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Kelli Y Allen
Kelli Y Allen
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC

A: I recommend hiring and immigration attorney who can fully analyze the issue and offer suggestions.

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