H-1B visa holders are allowed to work for multiple employers in the United States, but there are certain restrictions and requirements that must be met.
- Dual Intent: H-1B visa is a dual intent visa, which means that the visa holder may hold an H-1B visa while simultaneously pursuing permanent residency (green card).
- Multiple Employers: An H-1B visa holder can work for multiple employers, but each employer must file a separate H-1B petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and pay the required fees.
- Employer-Employee Relationship: The H-1B holder must have a bona-fide employer-employee relationship with each employer. The H-1B visa holder cannot be self-employed or work as an independent contractor.
- Concurrent Employment: The H-1B holder can work for more than one employer at the same time, but the H-1B petitions for each employer must be filed and approved before the H-1B worker starts working for that employer.
- Portability: The H-1B worker can change employers while in H-1B status as long as the new employer files a new H-1B petition on the worker’s behalf.
It’s important to keep in mind that laws and regulations regarding H1B visa can change, so it’s always a good idea to consult with an immigration lawyer or a legal advisor to ensure that you understand the process and comply with all relevant laws and regulations.