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Is it legal for an F1 visa holder to get a referral bonus, which will be reflected in tax form, from a leasing office?

Question Details: I am an international student with an F-1 visa. It is illegal for me to work and make money off campus? I have been offered a referral bonus by a leasing office for reffering a friend. To get the money I have to provide my SSN and I have to fill certain tax forms. Is this money considered as income? Is it illegal for me to get the money?

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