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Hi all!

 

I came to the US on a K1 visa and I am in the middle of adjusting my status now. As we are not allowed to work, am I able to volunteer while waiting for my green card interview? I am asking this because the nature of my volunteer as a marketer may seem like i have a full-time job. I am thinking of applying for a volunteer position for marketing for a non-profit organization but I am afraid that I am seen to be working full time in the company. Appreciate if anyone has similar experience as me, thanks!

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9 May 2018 - Received Date for NOA1

3 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (on I-797)

5 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (USCIS website)

16 November 2018 - Received I-797 physical letter from USCIS

26 November 2018 - NVC received petition

8 December 2018 - Case Number Received!

26 December 2018 - In Transit

3 Jan 2019 - Case received by US Embassy Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - Packet 3 received!

23 Jan 2019 - Received Interview date 

30 Jan 2019 - Interview date and passed!

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1 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Application Received" to "Administrative Processing"

4 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Administrative Processing" to "Issued"

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7 Feb 2019 - Visa and Package to be surrendered to US Immigration in hand

 

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Steps to take after you get K1 Petition Approved (NOA2 - NVC) - https://lifeofevesan.com/next-steps-after-my-usa-k1-fiance-visa-petition-approval/

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You can technically do any volunteer work that will pay or give you NOTHING in return for the work. 

 

If say the person running the non-profit gave you a gift card as thanks for your hard work, that can be considered payment a USC should have received.

 

people have volunteered, but for the most part they have made sure to accept nothing. Will USCIS know, probably not unless you some how end up on books and report it, but Most just wait until they can legally work. Better safe than sorry.


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54 minutes ago, tiggermuffin said:

Hi all!

 

I came to the US on a K1 visa and I am in the middle of adjusting my status now. As we are not allowed to work, am I able to volunteer while waiting for my green card interview? I am asking this because the nature of my volunteer as a marketer may seem like i have a full-time job. I am thinking of applying for a volunteer position for marketing for a non-profit organization but I am afraid that I am seen to be working full time in the company. Appreciate if anyone has similar experience as me, thanks!

You can do any volunteer work, as long as its nothing that a USC or LPR can get paid for. So make sure they don't normally pay anyone for what you would like to do.

And as said before, make sure you don't accept anything (food, shelter, gift cards etc)

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I volunteered as an English at an ESL school for the past 4 months (one way to help out fellow immigrants who aren't lucky enough to already speak the language!) I felt confident it was ok for two reasons: First, I have no training or qualifications as a teacher or an ESL educator - my professional field is something totally different. Second, the whole organization is volunteer-run, so there was no chance that I was taking away a paid opportunity from an American or green card holder. Just be careful that it won't look like you're doing professional "networking" or "working for free" in your field. 


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You can volunteer but only in a role that no one would normally expect to be paid for. Helping in an animal shelter, a soup kitchen, that sort of thing that people do completely altruistically purely because they feel a personal calling to give their time to help those less fortunate. 


 

 

 

 

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Thank you all for your advice! I think I should search for other volunteer work, as the nature of volunteer work that I am considering th apply for is normally paid.


K1 VISA

9 May 2018 - Received Date for NOA1

3 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (on I-797)

5 November 2018 - Notice Date for NOA2 (USCIS website)

16 November 2018 - Received I-797 physical letter from USCIS

26 November 2018 - NVC received petition

8 December 2018 - Case Number Received!

26 December 2018 - In Transit

3 Jan 2019 - Case received by US Embassy Singapore

8 Jan 2019 - Packet 3 received!

23 Jan 2019 - Received Interview date 

30 Jan 2019 - Interview date and passed!

31 Jan 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Ready" to "Application Received"

1 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Application Received" to "Administrative Processing"

4 Feb 2019 - CEAC Status Changes from "Administrative Processing" to "Issued"

5 Feb 2019 - Received e-mail/SMS to pick passport up

7 Feb 2019 - Visa and Package to be surrendered to US Immigration in hand

 

I've documented my experienced in my blog :) :

How I got my K1 Petition Approved (NOA1 - NOA2) - https://lifeofevesan.com/how-i-file-my-k1-visa-and-got-my-noa1-approved/ (I got a template that you can follow, read up for more information!)

Steps to take after you get K1 Petition Approved (NOA2 - NVC) - https://lifeofevesan.com/next-steps-after-my-usa-k1-fiance-visa-petition-approval/

How I prepared for my approved K1 Visa Interview (NVC - US Embassy) - https://lifeofevesan.com/how-i-prepared-for-my-approved-k1-visa-interview/

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