H-1B visa holders are allowed to earn money from other sources in addition to their primary employment, but there are certain restrictions and requirements that must be met:
- Secondary employment: H-1B visa holders are allowed to have secondary employment as long as it does not interfere with their primary employment and their H-1B employer is aware of it. Secondary employment must be with a different employer than the primary H-1B employer and a separate H-1B petition must be filed for the secondary employment.
- Self-Employment: H-1B visa holders are not allowed to be self-employed. They must have an employer-employee relationship with the primary and secondary employer.
- Outside of the U.S.: H-1B visa holders are allowed to earn money from sources outside of the U.S. as long as it does not interfere with their primary employment in the U.S.
- Comply with tax laws: H-1B visa holders are subject to the same tax laws as U.S. citizens and are required to report all income, including income earned from secondary employment or sources outside of the U.S. to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Avoid Violating H1B status: It is important to avoid any activities that would violate the terms of the H-1B visa, such as working for an employer that is not an H-1B sponsor or working in a field that is not related to the specialty occupation for which the H-1B visa was granted.
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.