Provided you can document that you are performing absolutely no work on the website, it should be ok.
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You can own the business but cannot work for the business, unless they file a concurrent H-1B for you. Depending on where you are from, you may have other options, such as an E-2. feel free to call me to discuss in more detail, 713-772-2300.
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I would be very cautious in these circumstances. USCIS can research and find out whether you have registered new companies. There is nothing that prohibits you from doing the due diligence to set up a new company, but you cannot do any work for the company without getting a valid work authorizing visa. If you do, you jeopardize your existing H-1B. IT is possible to have two concurrent part time H-1Bs, so you might want to consider that. However, there has been some pushback from the government on granting H-1B's to new businesses whose owners are the beneficiary of the H-1B. Another option is to switch to an investor visa (E-2) once the business is established.
You can launch the website but you cannot work for the company. You would be considered solely as an "investor" in the new company. Be sure to have this documented in the Shareholders Agreement/Operating Agreement. Should you have to work for your company sometime in the future, you can have that company sponsor your H-1B, either full time or part time. USCIS has recently introduced a few incentives for H-1B holders to have their own company sponsor their visa.
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