Startup on an H4 visa?

Asked over 1 year ago - Sunnyvale, CA

1) Is it allowed for H4 holders to actively work in their company if all profits go back to further invest in the company?
2) Are H4 holders allowed to collect funds from investors or crowdfunding sites to cover the company's start-up expenses?

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  1. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . H-4s cannot work whether paid or unpaid.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  2. Anu Gupta

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    Answered . H4s are not allowed to work.

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  3. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . No

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  4. Jeffrey Adam Devore

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    Answered . Work is work. The fact that one is not paid does not mean is not working.

    An H-4 can certainly take steps to establish a business. Working in the business is another story. There are fine lines that you need to make sure you don't cross. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review your ideas and advise you the best way to proceed.

    While this answer is provided by a Florida Bar Certified Expert in Immigration and Nationality Law, it is for... more

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