Question:

Can I do freelancing job on h1 visa?

10 October, 2021 Georgianna Schildgen 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: JAMES GRUMBLES
    16 October, 2021

    You may have noticed that I replaced the word "I" with "you." Yes, this is a function of my scholarly training. As your scholar, I suggest you read through this part first. If you are on an H-1B visa then you are restricted by law to only being able to accept employment from the sponsoring employer or their affiliate companies for which they have filed an H-1B approval notice on your behalf (8 CFR 214.2(h)(5) ). Furthermore, USCIS will not always approve the extension of work authorization after the expiration of your vacation time (8 CFR 214.2(h)(6) ).

  • AUTHOR: GEORGE FETZER
    16 October, 2021

    Yes, you can! H1 visa sponsored candidates are allowed to work for the U.S. based company that has been granted sponsorship. Doing freelancing jobs from a country outside of the United States is not legal or supported by law; but if your current job satisfies local regulation laws then there is nothing that would prevent you from doing contract work online on an h1 visa sponsored position. There are many great international companies where you're more than welcome to do freelance jobs while abroad on an h1 visa sponsored position which isn't prohibited!

  • AUTHOR: DOUGLAS KAZMIERCZAK
    16 October, 2021

    H1B visas are best suited for jobs that require theoretical knowledge. In contrast, H1B-CEs are designed to permit US-based employers to hire expert foreign professionals from a range of fields, including architects, meatcutters, meat processors and pastille makers. The circumstances under which a freelancer can apply for an H1B visa depend on the type of freelance work being done and the company they have contracted with. Freelancers may be able to utilize an E-, L- or O-visa as well as an H1B visa depending on their individual situations.

  • AUTHOR: JEANICE BLOCK
    16 October, 2021

    Anyone with a US work permit can do freelancing on H1 visas. The IT world is a whole new ballgame in recent years, and countries like India are leading in this regard since they produce the majority of English-speaking programmers. But any programmer who learns how to program in languages like PHP or JavaScript (or Ruby) will do well for themselves anywhere they go. It's all about knowing what languages are worth learning at your skill level, rather than dedicating your life to asking others what you should learn.

  • AUTHOR: KEVIN DAMRON
    16 October, 2021

    Many people have successfully freelanced on an H-1B visa, but the answer is not straightforward. One of the general principles of immigration law is that you can't do anything for which you would need a non-immigrant dependent/entertainer visa while on H-1B status. You'll find many blog posts about this online, but most are authored by attorneys who recommend against it. You can always consult with your attorney to get his or her advice, but below are some quotations from these articles (which I am not responsible for) to help give you an idea of what's involved with freelancing on an H-1B.

  • AUTHOR: ARDEN BYRON
    16 October, 2021

    You can not do a freelancing job on a H1 visa. Uncommitted to any particular employer, government or work environment, the freelancer is free to take up their own type of employment and work towards personal goals that may or may not coincide with those of an employer, such as financial independence and flexibility in the workplace. Typically people on H1 visas are there with some kind of company sponsorship for what they're doing. Freelancing is different since it's more about looking out for yourself and your interests.