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Hello Ajay,

I am an international student  in the US and I graduate in May 2010. However I have applied for my OPT with a start date of June 21st, 2010. But recently I got a job and they want me to start ASAP. So my question to you is if I can volunteer at that place till I receive my OPT??? If yes, then do I need some documents from school.. I would really appreciate it if you could answer this for me!!!

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Hi,

It is OK to "volunteer" only if the duties that are performed are not duties that are normally compensated at the company.

It may also be OK if there is an established internship program at the company that could be considered "educational" and this can be OK if you have the permission of the DSO (also known as the international student advisor) at university.

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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