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    Hi everyone,

    So I worked in a research group for a few months and did some unpaid training (to learn about the project and learn the equipment etc.) for about two weeks before I started my paid employment and I was wondering if these two weeks of unpaid training counts as employment or not.

    Also I know last year there was the issue of some of the offices at USCIS denying STEM extensions due to volunteer work during the initial OPT period. I was wondering if this was resolved and if volunteer work does actually count as employment.

    Thanks in advanced for your help.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by purpleping View Post
        Hi everyone,

        So I worked in a research group for a few months and did some unpaid training (to learn about the project and learn the equipment etc.) for about two weeks before I started my paid employment and I was wondering if these two weeks of unpaid training counts as employment or not.

        Also I know last year there was the issue of some of the offices at USCIS denying STEM extensions due to volunteer work during the initial OPT period. I was wondering if this was resolved and if volunteer work does actually count as employment.

        Thanks in advanced for your help.
        Unpaid employment or internships do count as employment. Volunteering, like at a soup kitchen, may not qualify.
        Regarding the unpaid training, it depends - did they add you to payroll as of the date of joining the company (when the training began) or only when you started working? When did they take your I-9 information? You will need to talk to the employer to figure out whether you have been employed or not.

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        • #5
          volunteer work will be allowed on opt but not on the stem

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          • #6
            yes it counts as employment and also STEM extension provided the company is an e-verify company.

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            • #7
              It will count as employment but you can mention it as 'volunteer or unpaid intern ' while applying for opt extn!!

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              • #8
                1 yes
                2 it was resolved long ago

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                • #9
                  Yes it counts

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