H1B Visa · India

Can I open startup in my home country (specifically India) while working on H1B visa in USA?

Paxshal Mehta Senior Software Engineer with passion to build smart things

May 24th, 2019


AJ

May 24th, 2019

This question comes up a lot. You can start a company in India or in US (or anywhere). That's basically same as investing in a company via stock market. You have ownership.


However, you cannot work for it while being in US on H1, even if it is based out of India. That will violate H1B's rules. I am not a lawyer, so cannot provide any legal advice, but this is what I found when I was looking into the same thing.

Raghu Nandan @ Team Variance, I help create self-sustainable businesses using digital & technology as a tool.

May 24th, 2019

You can always do so however make sure the company is not in your own name :)

Paxshal Mehta Senior Software Engineer with passion to build smart things

May 25th, 2019

Great. Thank you so much guys for your answers. :)