I am an international Ph.D. student in the US and am planning to write an article for a US-based magazine. I'm doing this to increase my presence and build a relationship with this publisher. They will probably expect to pay me for this, but I am worried that this will qualify as work that is not permitted under my F-1 visa.
Ideally I would write the article and accept any payment. Does anyone know what to do in this situation? Could I have them pay me in my home country?
Please note that normally a citizen of another country can write for a newspaper or magazine in the US without either residing in or having a visa for the US. So if I were in my home country right now this would not be an issue, it is just that I am incidentally in the US that makes me concerned.