Making extra money on H1b visa

Amazon cxHU53
Nov 18, 2018 45 Comments

Hey all,

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.

NOTHING.

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.

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TOP 45 Comments
  • Oracle mug
    Webcam model
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      No thank you. Not that desperate
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Broadcom Ltd. TkbL00
      Haha
      Nov 19, 2018
  • Facebook public2
    Correct, america wants you to be successful but not too successful.
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      Lol. Good one
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Facebook public2
      What is? Not joking and wouldn't recommend breaking the law, especially in the current environment.
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Cisco randynash
    The 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
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • New / Eng whatsuppp
    Does Amazon not pay you well enough?
    Nov 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      Not enough
      Nov 18, 2018
  • 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.
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Devreg
    You 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 :)
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng
    Ms67897

    Microsoft Eng

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    Amazon
    Ms67897more
    Real estate ? Lot of money to be made by passive income.
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      I guess. I could invest in under developed or developing countries. Better return rate than US for sure.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Ms67897

      Microsoft Eng

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      Amazon
      Ms67897more
      You can get good returns here in US as well. REI is a very vast topic and if you have specific goals you can target those. Requires good amount of work though on the side.
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Could you do remote work in the United States for your home country that pays you back home?
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      Yup. Maybe.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Maybe some kind of software testing thing? Or maybe you could do online teaching to students back in your home country.
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Paperless Post AlphaAF
    Why 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?
    Nov 18, 2018 1
    • Oracle mug
      Webcam model is a side project
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Microsoft /_-\
    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!
    Nov 18, 2018 1
    • Facebook / Eng monsowitz
      Lol I can do that for you
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Microsoft Eggsecutiv
    Yea but didnt you know this before you applied for and accepted your H1b?
    Nov 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      Not really. Thats stupid of me. I came here to study first. Then got a job and hence took it. Now I know all the constraints.
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Amazon / Product
    tpFb66

    Amazon Product

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    tpFb66more
    Get paid by people looking for good engineers. Network. Go to startup meetings. Or better yet, PM ME. I have tons of projects you can help on. Seriously.
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Facebook oFwF84
    Move to better paying company like FB or Google
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Amazon Huhsghs
    Of course you can monetize your YouTube videos/blogs lol
    Nov 18, 2018 3
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      I can't earn in US dollars
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Amazon Huhsghs
      Where does that say?
      Nov 18, 2018
    • Lyft freedom12
      It's a gray area. If you ever make good money monetizing your videos, you'll become noticed. And you may get in trouble for doing that on H1B
      Nov 18, 2018
  • New / Eng cato
    How long are you stuck?
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      Life!!! God knows man, I came here thinking it will all be good. Now I feel I should go back to my country, at least I'll be able try out things. But what if everything I try fails, then leaving US would seem stupid.
      Nov 18, 2018
    • New / Eng cato
      Find a buddy back home and start some online business. He can handle everything and you write the software
      Nov 18, 2018
  • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
    Leetcode.
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      And then what? Switching a company on h1b is anyway a pain in the ass
      Nov 18, 2018
    • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
      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)
      Nov 18, 2018
  • New / Eng cato
    Bitcoin trading maybe?
    Nov 18, 2018 2
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      Ummm...I can invest..that is allowed..but wanted to see if there was something else..
      Nov 18, 2018
    • New / Eng cato
      Build a product but don’t release it for a while? If you find a trustworthy partner they could sell your work on the DL maybe?
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Lyft crossfire
    Op, I'm in the same situation. DM me and we can share ideas!
    Nov 18, 2018 1
    • Microsoft /_-\
      All H1Bs from countries that have long wait line are in the same situation. What's why we all brainstorm here to get around the stupid law.
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Microsoft /_-\
    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.
    Nov 18, 2018 1
    • Amazon cxHU53
      OP
      Yeah, I guess I could see a lawyer and see what all options I have. Like loopholes
      Nov 18, 2018
  • Oracle Iiiiiiiill
    I make a decent sum on the side. Let's talk offline on this.
    Nov 20, 2018 0
  • Lyft freedom12
    Try driving for Scoop. You can some change but hey something's better than nothing
    Nov 18, 2018 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Welcome to America son :)
    Nov 18, 2018 0