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Receiving Royalties while waiting for AOS

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I just had an epiphany today that my husband might be breaking immigration law after reading some other posts on here. We filed for an AOS back in March and are waiting to receive his Employment Authorization and Travel Permit. We knew 100% that working was out of the question, so he's just been focusing on making music the entire time we've been here. However, it never occurred to me that him releasing music could be considered "working" since he doesn't have an "employer" and only gets paid in quite small (~$50) royalty checks every quarter. I don't think he's even received a royalty check since we've been here, but that could be because he hasn't changed his address yet. All of the record labels he's released with are located in the EU, not the US, but the royalty distributor is a US company (BMI). 

I've been reading on the forum about people who have worked remotely for companies, and I know the language is VERY gray. I was just wondering if anyone had been in a similar situation or not. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated - I'm just worried we screwed ourselves a little for being ignorant. 

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for a couple of hundred bucks a year i wouldnt be too concerned about it


i 485, 130, EAD and AP

04/09/2019    NOA1 received/check cashed i 485 and 131

04/19/2019    Rec'd appointment letter for biometrics

05/02/2019    Biometrics

05/15/2019    Submitted initial request for EAD expedite 5/22 faxed info

06/05/2019    EAD APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!  06/06/2019    AP Approval

06/13/2019    Combo Card Received in Mail

06/19/2019    Social Security Card received in mail

 

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Sounds like passive income anyway.


“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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Rents, royalties, interest, payments from annuities are not employment based income.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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