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Currently going through the AOS process (from A2 visa).  Since there is no EAD card yet, work is out of the question.  Are other forms of income (not "work" technically) allowed?  For example, buy/sell stocks, sell things on eBay, Amazon, Etsy?  I believe that these only give a 1099 (1099-INT, 1099-B, 1099-DIV).  Stock buying/selling would be occasional, not day trading.


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12 minutes ago, ProbeGT said:

Currently going through the AOS process (from A2 visa).  Since there is no EAD card yet, work is out of the question.  Are other forms of income (not "work" technically) allowed?  For example, buy/sell stocks, sell things on eBay, Amazon, Etsy?  I believe that these only give a 1099 (1099-INT, 1099-B, 1099-DIV).  Stock buying/selling would be occasional, not day trading.

Capital gains (losses) are not includable income 

 

Passive income (dividends or interest) can be


YMMV

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21 minutes ago, ProbeGT said:

Currently going through the AOS process (from A2 visa).  Since there is no EAD card yet, work is out of the question.  Are other forms of income (not "work" technically) allowed?  For example, buy/sell stocks, sell things on eBay, Amazon, Etsy?  I believe that these only give a 1099 (1099-INT, 1099-B, 1099-DIV).  Stock buying/selling would be occasional, not day trading.

Work is not defined as receiving a W-2......Work compensation can come in many forms. 

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So what if I sold my house and moved?  If my house's value has increased, then I will (in many cases) have to pay some type of capital gains.  Could that be looked at negatively as well?


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1 hour ago, ProbeGT said:

So what if I sold my house and moved?  If my house's value has increased, then I will (in many cases) have to pay some type of capital gains.  Could that be looked at negatively as well?

That would not be considered work if it was your residence.  If you were flipping real estate, that would be different.

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Retired Registered Nurse with practice in Labor/Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, Adult Psych

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26 minutes ago, ProbeGT said:

Currently going through the AOS process (from A2 visa).  Since there is no EAD card yet, work is out of the question.  Are other forms of income (not "work" technically) allowed?  For example, buy/sell stocks, sell things on eBay, Amazon, Etsy?  I believe that these only give a 1099 (1099-INT, 1099-B, 1099-DIV).  Stock buying/selling would be occasional, not day trading.

if you are selling things on ebay , amazon to make profit as a business you are breaking the rules 


31-Jan-2020 : I-485 Filed

17-Feb-2020: I-765/I-131 Filed

24-May-2020: I-765/I-131 approved

31-May-2020: EAD/AP Combo Card received

05-Oct-2020: Biometrics Scheduled

20-Oct-2020: Biometrics Complete

30-Nov-2020: EAD/AP Renewal Filed

04-Dec-2020: AOS Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction 😂😂 - Transfer from CSC to Nebraska Service Center  

13-Jan-2021: EAD/AP USCIS processed renewal

25-Jan-2021: EAD/AP renewal TExt message for case received

30-Jan-2021: EAD/AP renewal Receipts received

15-Mar-2021: AOS Approved - Card Production Sent

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Earning income is not prohibited.

Say you went to the casino and won $1 million while on a tourist visa. This is taxable income, but it is not a violation of status.

Selling some personal items on Amazon/eBay/Etsy would not be an issue either. Reselling items on those same platforms would be (buying items with the intent to sell at a profit).

Earning interest is not employment either.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago, 9/27/17: received by USCIS, 10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received, 10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received, 10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update), 1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed, 1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received, 1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice, 10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice, 10/25/18: Formal approval, 10/31/18: Green card received

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: NOA1 hard copy received, 3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification), 3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved! , 3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received, 4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy, 4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy, 4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

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