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Can an H1B Visa Holder Work as a Volunteer?

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Can a person on a H1-B visa work in her free time on a bootstrapped project as a minority shareholder and/or as a volunteer?

Generally, H1B volunteer work is only permitted for positions which are typically unpaid positions (like at non-profits, charitable orgs, etc). Volunteering for a position that is typically a paid position, such as an engineer or similar position, would most likely be viewed as unauthorized employment which violates the terms of the H1B.

If you have any further questions about the h1b visa or other immigration questions, please feel free to contact us and we can help you out.

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