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Sale of Artwork

A note about the sale of artwork as an international student:

Please be aware that selling your artwork in the United States may be considered unauthorized employment if you do not have specific authorization to do so. Such activity could potentially jeopardize your visa and immigration status now or in the future.

There is not a clear delineation of when the sale of items would be considered unauthorized employment. However, repeated or extensive sale of artwork or creation of art on commission or otherwise for the purpose of being sold, are more likely to be considered unauthorized employment.

As this is a “grey area,” Pratt OIA recommends that you avoid such activity when it is not clear whether an activity constitutes unauthorized employment.

The sale of your artwork may be permitted at a later time while on OPT (Optional Practical Training) if you are authorized for this type of employment and it is directly related to your field of study.

We invite you to view a short pre-recorded webinar on this topic for additional information. You must log in with your Pratt OneKey to view it.

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