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I'm getting ready to send the DS-230 to my wife to sign, but wasn't too sure about the employment section. The issue is that she's not currently working in a steady position. She's been doing some odd jobs, and selling something along the lines of Avon. I don't want to just put "Unemployed" on the form, because she's obviously making some money, which she may very well be asked about at the interview. I'm just looking for feedback on what I should put that is accurate, and at the same time won't raise too many red flags.

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I'm getting ready to send the DS-230 to my wife to sign, but wasn't too sure about the employment section. The issue is that she's not currently working in a steady position. She's been doing some odd jobs, and selling something along the lines of Avon. I don't want to just put "Unemployed" on the form, because she's obviously making some money, which she may very well be asked about at the interview. I'm just looking for feedback on what I should put that is accurate, and at the same time won't raise too many red flags.

Thanks!

I was kind of in the same position as your wife. I was making some money here and there, mostly by selling stuff on Craigslist. But as I didn't really have a job, I put "unemployed" on the DS-230. I wasn't asked at all at the interview about my employment. But I don't know if it'll be the same at your wife's consulate/embassy. I'd say, put "unemployed" and if she does get asked about it, she can tell the truth; she's doing odd jobs but isn't employed full-time. NVC and the consulate/embassy really don't care what the beneficiary does when it comes to employment. It's more of what the petitioner does.

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Thanks Saylin, I figured as much, just wanted to hear another opinion on the matter. I told her that whatever we put on the form, she needs to be prepared to explain if it would happen to come up in the interview.

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It actaully is self-employed in your case. But an experienced patient is better than a new doctor. Go with Saylin's experience.


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It actaully is self-employed in your case. But an experienced patient is better than a new doctor. Go with Saylin's experience.

Self-employed though would mean you're working consistently with the same job(s). His wife is doing odd jobs, nothing consistent, so I wouldn't really call that self-employed. Just my two cents though.

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It actaully is self-employed in your case. But an experienced patient is better than a new doctor. Go with Saylin's experience.

Thanks for the input, NavyK, I actually considered that option first. The only reason I shied away from is it that there might be some expectation along the way or questioning about paperwork related to self-employment. Like Saylin said, it's really more just odd jobs that she does to make some money, so it seems easier to explain it under the umbrella of "unemployed" since there's no one steady job or company.

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