ICE/SEVP Warns Students About Volunteer Positions

On May 18, 2018, ICE and Exchange Visitor Program provided

guidance to OPT students

Volunteer positions that are not directly related to course of

study do not qualify as [OPT] and must not be listed as OPT

employment.

Reporting non-qualifying volunteer opportunities as OPT

employment will be deemed a violation of reporting requirements and

may be subject to removal from the United States.

Non-qualifying volunteer positions do not stop the accrual of

unemployment which is limited to a total of 90 days during OPT.

If you have been unemployed for more than 90 days, you must

leave the United States or be subject to removal even if you have

volunteered while unemployed.

Note: A volunteer position does not meet the conditions of a

science, technology, engineering and mathematics OPT

extension.

The alert is at

https://www.ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Document/2018/bcm-1805-01.pdf.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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