I'm on a H1B visa. I have been in US for 8+ years. I work as a computer programmer. But while being here, I have also undergone training to be a mental health counselor (NOT LICENSED IN ANY STATE) who can provide services for people with anxiety and other mental illness. I want to be a life coach on the side.
I ONLY WANT TO WORK WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE USA.
This will be done through Skype and payment will be made through PayPal (and transferred into my US bank account).
Can I do this?
No, you cannot engage in employer, while in the U.S., for overseas clients, as that would constitute unauthorized employment.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
Those services would be unauthorized employment while in the U.S.
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You cannot work in the U.S. except for the petitioning employer.
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Even if your clients are abroad, you would be working in the US outside the scope of your H-1B. This won't fly.
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