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Hello! I am married now and living in the US. I'm currently waiting for my EAD and AP (predicted to come in December).


In the meantime I was hoping to volunteer at a non-profit which serves to improve the lives of homeless people aged 12-25. It is clear I'll be a volunteer and the position would not usually be a paid one, eg. participating in food drives & such.


However, as it involves helping young people, they are asking me to do a Live Scan background check. Will this raise any flags? Or because it's obviously a volunteer position, am I in the clear?

I'm attaching the form they require me to take to the background check as reference.


Any advice on this matter will be greatly appreciated. Obviously I don't want to jeopardise any part of my immigration process, but the lines between what you can & cannot do are so blurry...

SPY Volunteer Waiver and Livescan Form (Fillable).pdf

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Ghana

It clearly states on it that they are checking for a volunteer role. I can't imagine it would be an issue. (Although I can't confirm from experience). We live in the state of PA which has the strictest child safety laws in the country. In order for my husband to volunteer, he had to have 3 different types of background checks done, including fingerprints by the FBI. He came back clear, of course. We're still waiting for AOS but don't expect an issue, because the reason these checks were done was clearly marked as volunteer and it was requested by a non-profit. 

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No issues that I see........It's good that you found a way to productively spend your time during the wait.

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