I am on H1-B Visa. Based on my understanding and research, look like I cannot start a company(I want to make an Android/iOS app) in U.S. and work. I can still start a C-Corp and be a passive investor.
Trying to get advise here if I can do the following: Appoint a Team in my home country who will work for the company I will form. I would be in the advisory board as Investor and guide them from time to time(not on a regular basis) regarding new features that app should incorporate, helping them in chose Technology stack for development and maintenance and things of these nature.
Can I do that at least while on H1-B Visa? Please advise.
You may be employed in your home country. You may not be employed in the US. Recommend you obtain a legal advisor.
Attorney Robert Brown's (former INS Director, 1972-99) reply to your question is general in nature, and does not constitute legal advice as all facts are known to him. For specific advice or representation you should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law. Mr. Brown's reply on AVVO does not create an attorney/client relationship not constitute legal advice.
You can do whatever you want in your home country but you cannot perform any work for that company even online while on H1B visa.
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You can perform any such activities in your home country, but not in the US. Consult with a lawyer in private.
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What you do once you leave U.S. soil is not guided by U.S. immigration laws. What you want to consider is what you do when on U.S. soil irrespective of where the operations are.
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