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
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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
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