Immigration Consequences of Unlawful Employment

Unauthorized employment may also include self-employment and “unpaid internships” or volunteer works if the position is one where the employer would normally pay a person for his or her services. For example, owning a franchise restaurant would not be unauthorized employment, however, managing the restaurant’s daily operations or “helping out when needed” to take orders, bus tables, etc., would be. Another example is having an intern “shadow” a manager, which is permissible until the manager has the intern prepare a report or conduct research.

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