I'm on my h1b non immigration visa and after doing some research I found out it sucks being on H1B. I literally can't do anything except my job.
No way to earn extra money.
Can't do anything that generates revenue. Something as simple as driving an uber/ selling my photographs/writing a blog/plugin/software/YouTube video.
I want to know what other people do during weekends and evenings.
I feel the itch to do something else, earn some nice extra cash to spend more freely.
It's just been a few month for me since I started working.
- Correct, america wants you to be successful but not too successful.
- Cisco randynashThe right answer is to go back to your home country or immigrate to a friendlier country. Start your projects there while still working somewhere else.
In America, as an h1b, the best you can do is upper middle class (exceptions ignored).
The best is form a network of likeminded people from your home country. Get a few years of experience, go back to your country once Amazon lays you off. Start a company that competes with American companies.
Eventually some American company will come and buy your company for billions because they need market access outside saturated US markets to show growth numbers and raise their stock prices
- Pandora Pan$1*#%You just started your career. Don’t run after money instead focus on building your career. Start learning/ building new skills which will help you a lot down the line. You may make some extra $ now illegally but down the line you may make $$$$$ with the skills you build.
- Microsoft DevregYou can work and earn for employer authorized by your h1b...only.
Limited volunteer work without any benefit or pay is allowed.
You can blog, run a YouTube channel as a community benefit or hobby.
You can marry or have children thankfully.
Buy home and travel.
That’s pretty much the whole list :)
- Real estate ? Lot of money to be made by passive income.
- Could you do remote work in the United States for your home country that pays you back home?
- Paperless Post AlphaAFWhy can't you make YouTube videos or start a blog or a side project? Worry about the monetization problem later? For all you know, all your side projects won't be successful enough to generate money anyway.
And when they become successful, you'll figure out, everybody does. Don't let that stop you. Get a American co-founder who has complementary skills and share the money?
- Find a jobless American and borrow his/her ssn to sign up the account. Then you pay him/her 10% of the profit you make, which is still lower than what you'd pay in tax if the account were under your name. It's a win-win strategy for both of you!
- Microsoft EggsecutivYea but didnt you know this before you applied for and accepted your H1b?
- It's unfortunate that one cant do anything else on H1B. If you really want to make more money, leetcode, interview and hopefully when these H1B issues reduce you'll be able to switch to a higher paying role.
That's the only thing what you can do. (Other than the obvious - Investing)
- There are ways to get around. You can sign up your account in your home country and then upload YouTube video or publish app on app store or sell whatever online. the money you make won't even be taxable in the US.