Troy, MI asked in Immigration Law and Education Law for Michigan

Q: I am an F1 visa student in my OPT period right now can I work remotely for a US-based company for a commission-based job

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: As an F1 visa student currently in your Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, there are some important considerations regarding your employment options:

1. Your employment must be directly related to your field of study.

2. You can work for a US-based company, but the company must comply with all reporting requirements for F1 students on OPT.

3. Commission-based jobs are allowed during OPT, provided they meet the other requirements for OPT employment.

4. Remote work is also permitted during OPT, as long as the employment meets all other OPT requirements and your employer complies with the necessary reporting obligations.

However, it's crucial to ensure that your employer understands the regulations surrounding hiring F1 students on OPT and is willing to follow the necessary procedures. This includes reporting your employment to your school's Designated School Official (DSO) and potentially verifying your employment if requested by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

I recommend discussing your situation with your school's international student office or DSO to ensure that you are following all the required procedures and maintaining your F1 status while engaging in OPT employment. They can also guide you on how to properly report your employment and help you understand any other requirements you need to meet.

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