While in H1B status, can I invest in a consulting firm?


An H1B worker can make a passive investment in any company. However, it must honestly be a passive investment, only. One cannot work at the company or run / manage the business. People often think they are not “working” because they hire someone else for the day-to-day work / management. But, hiring and supervising someone (even people who don’t need much supervision) IS work.

That being said, it may be possible to perform work for one’s own company, as explained in the MurthyDotCom’s 17.Dec.2012 NewsBrief, “Entrepreneur” H1B Petitions: A New Option for Start-Up Companies? (04.Jan.2016)

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