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Bridger, before I even read your post I was thinking "if she is on a student visa wouldn't she have to prove she had a place to stay?"
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In some states it is illegal for anyone to receive a free room in lieu of salary for services. Student visas generally do not allow for a student to hold a job for salary. Her expenses should be covered by her sponsor or by her family or country of origin. This should all have been arranged prior to visa being issued.
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Thank you for the prompt response. She's here on a student visa, so I wasn't sure if getting a free room in exchange for care was allowed or not.
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is she qualified to take care of someone? Are her language skills adequate to live in someone’s house? Personally, I would be leary of bringing a student into my home to care for an elder. There is potential for legal liability issues. Does she have health insurance in the case of illness or accident?
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ESLteacher Oct 22, 2020
Thank you for the prompt response. I will advise her of the issues.
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ESL teacher, is your student a legal resident with ability to get work with FICA? Or are they on a Sponsored path to citizenship program?

I did ESOL volunteer work last millennium & it was pretty strict rules on helping the students find jobs unless they were legally able to work in the country. They could do volunteer stuff and learn job skills & even get certificates or diplomas but couldn’t get “paid”. No “in kind” work either, like free room & board for being a housekeeper. My understanding is its even more strict now and they can’t work at all as the sponsor needs to be providing for expenses & living costs.

If your dealing with anything along these lines, I’d suggest that you find out before you & your students get too involved in all this. It can be a big problem for their getting their needed paperwork.
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