Run startup outside US while on E-2/H1-B Visa.

Daimler vIzg51
Jan 7 10 Comments

Is it possible to legally work in the US on a E-2/H1-B visa and at the same time have a startup in a different country?

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  • Microsoft doctorhawk
    For the H-1B, my understanding is that any work done on US soil must be for the employer hosting your visa. There’s been conflicting opinions online (a bunch on Quora) so I’d appreciate if someone has a concrete answer on this
    Jan 7 4
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Yes this makes sense. If it were legal, every L60 and above would have an independent Dev shop doubling his income.
      Jan 7
    • Microsoft doctorhawk
      ^ true. I wonder how many people still do this though - there’s no way the US would find out is there?
      Jan 7
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      I believe you can be part owner in a business anywhere, H1B laws just prevent you spending your own time on it.
      Jan 7
    • Amazon / Eng fHUg57
      You can run any legal business by hiring a manager. As simple as that.
      Jan 7
  • Amazon lvd11
    Yes, as long as you don't do any actual work on the startup while in the US. You can be a passive investor in the startup while in the US and you can actively work on it while outside the US.
    Jan 7 0
  • Intel apt-get
    Yes
    Jan 7 0
  • Commvault Gtalk
    F
    Jan 7 0
  • Microsoft GB764gt+
    Yes. But you will need to declare your income from the other country (if any) in US income tax returns.
    Jan 7 0

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