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As soon as you have your EAD you can.


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In my small town town the entire fire department was volunteer. There was no paid position that would come of it. All the firefighters had regular jobs in other fields and received no compensation as firemen. In that kind of situation, true volunteer , then why not?


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My Fire dept is volunteer as well, except that the Chief is certainly paid and there are 'benefits' to be had.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Hey,

I just moved to America on a k1 visa

And I know I can volunteer but I wanna do/be a volunteer firefighter ?

Is this fine while on a k1 visa before I apply adjustment of status etc?

Yes, you can volunteer while you wait for your AOS to go through.


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You have to be careful w volunteer firefighter positions because they often offer benefits commensurate* with working.

*I kan spell gud

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Okay, now I am curious. Can somebody explain the actual "benefits" alluded to in two posts?


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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For my local one includes free gas.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Okay, now I am curious. Can somebody explain the actual "benefits" alluded to in two posts?

At best they receive tax breaks. Volunteers are not paid a salary. There are no benefits, unless they are not volunteers.

http://www.volunteerfd.org/become-a-volunteer-firefighter


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Mine receive food, gas, and money. They're compensated during training and when they respond to calls.

At best they receive tax breaks. Volunteers are not paid a salary. There are no benefits, unless they are not volunteers.http://www.volunteerfd.org/become-a-volunteer-firefighter

I see. The volunteers in my hometown town get nothing, Not much different than being the Little League coach or the ladies who help shelve books in the public library. All community service.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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It depends on where you live, Nich-Nick. On the East Coast, many fire companies are "volunteer" - even though there are various levels of compensation. It has to do with boroughs and townships and ####### like that. And yeah, moving from California, it was an experience to find out volunteer didn't necessarily mean unpaid.

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I think some of my relatives are volunteer firefighters and I believe they get a small pension.

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Yeah in my local(s) firefighter stations they don't receive a tax break until after the 3rd year and the whole station is volunteer except for the head chief so I wouldn't be receiving benefits ?

I will call uscis later (hopefully I'll get through to someone who knows) and I will tell you's what they say

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Make sure you get it in writing.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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