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DesiOPT-FaceBook-Admin
05-27-2013, 08:56 AM
Hi Guys,I am waiting for my OPT card to arrive. Until it arrives, can I volunteer in a company that needs help (related to my field)? Also, is it okay that I get paid? Thank you in advance

This was posted on https://www.facebook.com/desiopt1 on May 23rd 2013

DesiOPT-FaceBook-Fan
05-27-2013, 08:56 AM
as far as I know, you cannot work without EAD from OPT, be it paid or unpaid. It is illegal to do that on F1.

DesiOPT-FaceBook-Fan
05-27-2013, 08:57 AM
Answer is No, you should not work for any company without your OPT card.

DesiOPT-FaceBook-Fan
05-27-2013, 08:58 AM
If your school allows to work as off-campus, you can work with pay, till you are on OPT. If the school doesn't give that option, you shouldn't work off-campus with or without getting paid (legally).

DesiOPT-FaceBook-Fan
05-27-2013, 08:58 AM
You can volunteer before you get opt but cant get paid. If u get paid it is considered illegal. At least u cannot be paid by check