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Is it legal to do Stock trading on H1B? I

Sacramento, CA |

I heard long-term trading is legal , howver, short-term trading (day trading) I am not sure about. Can you please elaborate on both long -term and short term (day trading) trading ? I am currently on H1b and applied for green card (it is in the PERM stage).

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There is no problem in engaging both long and short term trading for personal purposes.

Just try not to lose your shirt in the process, though!

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As long as you are not engaged in gainful employment (i.e. been paid for doing the stock trade), you should be ok.

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