If I’m on an OPT F1 visa, can I rent out a room in my residence to pay part of my rent?

I’m looking to see if I can use Airbnb to host people. Will this violate my status? How fine a line am I walking when doing this?

Asked on September 6, 2014 under Immigration Law, California


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Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You can probably do this without any issues since this is not really considered working but just getting a passive business income.  However, in the event the "client" wants some type of documentation from you/receipt, it is walking a fine line.

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