Legal Additional Sources of Income for Visa Holders

Accenture / Eng
phamptom

Accenture Eng

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Jul 14, 2017 12 Comments

Hi, I hope this is relevant for this forum.

Even citizens and permanent residents sometimes are in need to supplement their income. Us Visa holders are heavily constrained to do so.

I am wondering if anyone here has supplemented their income legally while on a work visa, meaning without violating USCIS rules, or jeopardizing a GC process.

I am NOT talking about having two jobs, I am talking about sales, etc...

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  • eBay Nutellazz
    Only stock market and real estate on h1b
    Jul 14, 2017 0
  • Google Icer47
    Accenture underpays you and over charge their clients. Why don't you look for a job at a different company? Isn't the visa transferable?
    Jul 15, 2017 1
    • Accenture / Eng
      phamptom

      Accenture Eng

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      It's L type. Yes I look at other opportunities both to find something better and to know my real value. Nothing worth the risk of moving has come along.

      I look at sites like Payscale and Glassdoor and I'm on the median income. Benefits are also hard to beat.

      I have to refresh my programming skills I've been on testing and project management recently; most of the big tech companies are huge on hands on programming skills regardless of your role.

      Other companies I've found value my industry experience, technical diversity and soft skills but not enough to sponsor a visa so it's not as simple to get something better.
      Jul 16, 2017
  • Orbital Insight typecast
    If you have enough spare capital, you could invest in a business or a startup. You cannot however work for that business or startup being the owner.
    Jul 14, 2017 1
    • Accenture / Eng
      phamptom

      Accenture Eng

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      Yeah in my case the need to supplement my income is not because of excess of money, hehe.
      Jul 15, 2017
  • Accenture / Eng
    phamptom

    Accenture Eng

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    What about network marketing? someone mentioned to me something about it being passive income. Not sure exactly what that means.
    Jul 15, 2017 3
    • Marriott / Other
      gringa

      Marriott Other

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      Digital Product Director open to new opportunities
      gringamore
      Only ~2% make a profit at the most "generous" network marketing firms. Unless you're recruiting people and managing the team like a true sales team full time, you're buying minimum quantities their products and paying fees for the right to be a network marketer.
      Jul 16, 2017
    • Accenture / Eng
      phamptom

      Accenture Eng

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      Thanks! I'm still curious about whether or not it is valid to have a NM business while on a work visa.
      Jul 16, 2017
    • Marriott / Product
      gringa

      Marriott Product

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      Digital Product Director
      gringamore
      Is it legal to open your own business while on the visa? It's essentially the same thing.
      Jul 16, 2017
  • New xfVl57
    Depending on your skill-set, freelancing online could be a legally acceptable option. 99designs has lots of available projects anybody can apply for. GL
    Jul 14, 2017 2
    • Intel Gdhcg
      Against visa terms
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Wind River / Eng
      cJql14

      Wind River Eng

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      IBM
      cJql14more
      Freelancing is illegal for F1 and H1B visa holders. But, they can get away with it easily, if they are able to divert funds to foreign accounts under friend's or relative's name.
      Jul 14, 2017

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