How could she get a work visa to teach yoga?
She couldn't. If she was really teaching yoga, then it was "under the table" as we say in the US. If she was a student on a student visa, then the only type of employment she could hold would be as a student worker at the university she attended. However, in this case, she didn't attend a university (and I doubt that "school" she attended had jobs for their students). Any employment she held while in NY was illegal in the eyes of the government (and possibly in general, lol).
Yes, if Sofia got caught getting paid under the table, she could have been deported and prohibited from reentering the United States for up to 10 years. There are certain exceptions, such as very limited on-campus work, but as you mentioned, she would have to meet very strict criteria. Sofia's most current CV has been modified to be even more vague, mention of part-time work has been removed, I guess someone finally figured out it was admission of a future official representative of Sweden breaking US law. Now it says, "During her time in New York, Sofia also studied at YTTP, Yoga To The People, to become a certified yoga instructor. She was also involved in setting up a yoga centre."
I've never been able to dig up anything on this center she allegedly set up. Sofia did practice yoga at Yoga to the People and was said to have taught some classes there, the center remains a mystery.
Sofia would have gotten paid in cash for working at private events and clubs, basically certain twenty-somethings (usually aspiring models or actresses) are hired as human decoration, they're supposed to mingle, get people to dance, flirt with the men, sometimes certain VIPs will be pointed out to the girls and they will be instructed to focus their attention on them. The girls get paid in cash at the end of the night, most clubs or event planners don't care what happens after that. As you can imagine, some shadiness does transpire, but not always. Some girls go home at the end of the night, some girls find their sugar daddies this way, some girls get paid additional money to make sure the night is extra memorable for the men. Sofia is said to have gone the sugar daddy route.
On this page http://toshi-party.blogsp...m/2006_02_01_archive.html
, you can see Sofia was listed as attending one of Toshi's parties as a "guest from the hit Swedish TV show Paradise Hotel" and he lists how much he pays "cute" people for attending his parties (the prices he lists are very high for this sort of work). Sofia probably got paid more for this appearance than usual because Toshi has a Swedish niche who would have heard of "Paradise Hotel", but the average New Yorker would have no idea what that was or who Sofia was.
Sofia wasn't terribly careful in terms of leaving a trail. One of Sofia's own travel blogs, the entry entitled, "We Call Ourselves Survivors" there was reference to a photo shoot she was going to and being lost in Brooklyn when a "savior" came to her rescue: "
Sofia was on her way to a photo shoot, he was one of their team." So not only does this suggest more work she wasn't supposed to be doing according to the terms of her visa, it also raises the question of what kind of shoot she was doing and if there could be more scandalous photos of her. Sofia at 5'4" (and I think that's slightly fudged) is far too short to be considered for any kind of mainstream modeling in NYC, even lingerie and swimsuit models have to be tall. I have a friend who had trouble getting work because she's 5'8 3/4". According to a 2002 study, only 4% of NYC models are below 5'8" and those who are had someone within the industry help them. Women below 5'9" can do parts modeling, but I don't think Sofia could have. I have done some (nothing impressive, I just happen to know people who decided to use me) and there is a surprising amount of paperwork... forms you would normally fill out for tax purposes, for a tooth whitening product I had to sign a contract that was around 8 pages long that stated I had used the product for the specified duration, I didn't use any other whitening products, I hadn't had my teeth professionally whitened in the last six months, etc. Given how legally cautious these companies are, I seriously doubt they'd hire someone who wasn't supposed to be legally working. The only modeling work in NYC I can see Sofia getting paid for under the table is nude modeling or fetish modeling. I suspect there are more scandalous photos out there that we haven't seen yet.