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Do they approve visa at all for those who just work online (e.g., on oDesk)?

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Aleah T Member Since: Mar 25, 2010
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I'm a consultant for a local non-profit (not related to my oDesk work) so that's the work I present.
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Jenn B Member Since: Sep 6, 2008
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Hi Aleah.


Don't they wonder why you're not often in Philippines to do that consultant work?


Also, is your salary in that consultant work more than P40,000? I'm thinking of getting a job in Manila but I'm pretty sure the pay would be so bad, and NZ immigration is really picky when it comes to monthly salary. 

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Aseem B Member Since: Dec 20, 2014
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I had no idea that working on odesk can get you trouble when you apply for a tourist visa. I mean don't you always hear stories about freelancers and bloggers working on their laptop while sipping on their juices in front of a beach. This was one of the reasons I started full time on odesk.



I am planning to apply for a visa to US in 2015. I want to attend a programming workshop over there. This will be my first visa application. Do you think I should not mention that I work as a freelancer? Other than working on odesk, I own a few websites. Do you guys think it is better to present myself as a web entrepreneur instead of as a freelancer? My workshop is 3 month long. So will that raise a flag?