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Start a business on H1B?

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I’m in the states on an H1B visa, and I’d like to know if it would be possible to start a business?

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  1. alicia on Aug 07, 2011 Reply

    Since, as an H1B holder, your work in the U.S. is employer-specific (i.e. limited to employment with the approved employer/petitioner) and working for your company and receiving any kind of compensation for your work is strictly not allowed.

    However, you are not completely prohibited from investing in a business. You may invest in a venture of your own and could possibly undertake some limited work on behalf of your venture.

    This is a fine line and to err on the side of caution, I recommend that you consult with a qualified immigration lawyer to better assess your situation and find out what options you have.

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