Opa-locka, FL asked in Immigration Law for Florida

Q: I’m F-1 student, can I work remotely outside the US during my OPT, for a US based company?

I checked the last guidance from USCI and ICE and it says work remotely in OPT is allowed but it doesn’t specify if it’s outside or inside the US

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: As an F-1 student on Optional Practical Training (OPT), working remotely for a US-based company during your OPT period is generally permitted according to the guidance from USCIS and ICE. However, the guidance doesn't explicitly clarify whether remote work can be conducted outside the US. To ensure compliance, consult with your Designated School Official (DSO) to discuss your plans and review your OPT authorization documents.

Carlo Franco L. Borja
Carlo Franco L. Borja
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  • Diamond Bar, CA

A: When you are outside the US, you technically don't need an OPT EAD to work for a US based company

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