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    Can I work (unpaid) for my professor at my university on OPT? I was working with him on a project and want a few more months to complete it. I am no longer a student so cannot be employed as a TA or RA as per rules as they are paid positions. As per USCIS rules I think the unpaid positions have to be typically unpaid and not just unpaid for me. Would it be alright if he gave me a letter saying that I am working in his lab? Or does the paperwork need to come from the department? What can I do to continue working with him at the lab?

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    • #3
      Your message was posted as anonymous on Facebook wall- (July 3rd)

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      • #4
        1. Yes you can work, 2. He just has to inform your Intl Affairs office(your advisor) and they will update SEVIS, 3.You're all set.

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        • #5
          Yes, you can

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          • #6
            1) make sure to document your unpaid work otherwise it will be counted as unemployment as now a days USCIS is denying application on basis of unpaid internships and no pay stubs

            2) yes a professor letter on university letter pad will work it must clearly say that you are working and will not be given any compensation , however there is a catch here , USCIS may argue like this " if one research assistant working for same position is getting payment then why is this guy unpaid , then there are bunch of labor laws , which must not be violated by this unpaid work

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            • #7
              1 yes
              2 Yes
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              • #8
                Yes you can work if there is proper documentation shoeing that you are working in university under prof.

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