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    Default F1 Student Offered a Modeling Contract


    I have been in the US for over a year now. I am here on an
    F-1 visa, studying towards a Masters degree. I will be
    graduating in May 2008. I was planning on petitioning for
    OPT sometime in February, so I receive my work permit by
    the time I graduate. However, I have been offered a
    modeling contract with a modeling agency, which is willing
    to sponsor an H1B visa. Since their fiscal year just ended,
    they want me to start working already. They will need a SSN
    by the end of next year. I would like to start working as a
    model, while finishing my degree. Should I initiate and H1B
    process or just wait for my SSN which I will get with my
    OPT in May 2008? In other words, can I use my OPT for
    modeling? I am graduating in International Relations, and I
    am aware that this is not related to modeling at all. I
    know that I am supposed to only accept jobs that are
    related to my field of study, but can I use it for modeling
    anyway? Also, I do not have a work permit at the moment,
    and will get it either in May (OPT) or October (H1B); can I
    start working now anyway - which is what the agency is
    offering me? If I start working now should I file taxes by
    the end of next year?

    Thank you very much for your help.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Behind a Desk

    Default Re: F1 Student Offered a Modeling Contract

    You obviously know you can't hold this job on your F1 visa. I don't see how you would be able to hold the job under OPT - how would this be the application of what you learned in the classroom to a practical work experience? Until you have a visa that permits you to work for them (e.g., that H-1B they have promised), you can't legally work for them within the U.S.

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