I'm on H-1B visa. Can I start my own business in the States?

Asked over 1 year ago - Chicago, IL

I'm on H-1B visa. Can I start my own business in the States while I'm working for a company?

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  1. Dhenu Mitesh Savla

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    Answered . You can start the business as a passive investor. In the future if your company gains momentum and generates sufficient revenue you can have your company petition your h1b.

    Dhenu Savla, Esq.
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  2. Alan James Brinkmeier

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    Answered . No, not on an H - IB

  3. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . Only as a passive investor. While on H-1B you can only work for the H-1B employer. You cannot work, whether paid or unpaid, for any other employer including yourself.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  4. Jeffrey Adam Devore

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    Answered . Anyone can own a business in the United States. The question is whether
    you can work for that business. If you intend to be gainfully employed
    by your new business while continuing to be employed by your current
    employer then you will need a concurrent H-1B in order to work for your
    new company.



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  5. Christian Schmidt

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    Answered . You can start your business but cannot work at it unless you qualify for an investor visa.

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