Can H4 EAD Start a business? and what kind of Company they can start - LLC, C Corp, S Corp?
Also, can OPT EAD also start a business?
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On the topic of choice of business entity--note that there are both legal and tax issues to consider when choosing a business entity (your references to "C" Corps and "S" Corps related to federal income tax classification rather than state law business entity issues). For many small business startups (especially single-owner entities), the LLC has become the most popular form of entity in Virginia for the benefits and flexibility it affords--limited liability protection (with some notable exceptions), relatively little entity maintenance paperwork to worry about, low annual fee (only $50 in Virginia), flexibility to choose tax classification (sole proprietorship, partnership, "S" corp., "C" corp.). LLCs came about as an effort to merge the best features of partnerships and corporations, so it is not surprising how popular LLCs have become in the small business community.
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An H4 with work authorization can be self-employed. What kind of business you start is your business and not a question of immigration law. The SCC website has useful information and provides helpful responses to inquiries.
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What kind of a company is not an immigration law issue. Talk to local business lawyers. Yes is the answer to the first question. Self-employment is allowed.
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An H-4 EAD is an open market work authorization and you can work for yourself (regardless of organizational structure) or someone else. OPT works differently - speak to DSO about that one.