Q: Hello, I'm an international student in USA and I'm under F1 visa status.
I want to resell some stuff on eBay to make some extra money and pay my taxes. Is there anyway I could do that.
Any derivation of income from any source by a student on F1 visa in the United States without lawful authority to work in the country is not permitted.
Also, an F1 student cannot own taxes because he’s not legally authorized to work in the United States, however has to pay taxes even if he engaged in work without an EAD.
Stephen Arnold Black agrees with this answer
Your student visa most likely does not allow you to do this type of work. You have to follow the terms of the visa to avoid problems. If you are employed that brings up a lot of issues that may cause problems in the future.
A: F-1 students may also be eligible to work off-campus on a case-by-case basis as a result of special situations such as severe economic hardship or special student relief. Any off-campus training employment by F-1 students must be related to their area of study and must be authorized prior to starting any work by the Designated School Official (the person authorized to maintain the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)) and USCIS. See here for more information: https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/students-and-exchange-visitors/students-and-employment
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