For many foreign nationals, the prospect of living and working in the United States is a dream come true. If you’re looking into obtaining an H-1B visa but are considering working multiple jobs, there are certain restrictions you must know. Knowing these rules can help determine if having multiple jobs is a viable option.
Can I Work Multiple Jobs on an H-1B Visa?
The H-1B visa is designed to allow foreign nationals with specialized skills or knowledge to temporarily live and work in the United States for up to three years. This type of visa is available only to those with a degree or equivalent experience in their chosen field, which may include engineering, medicine, accounting, science, education, and other professional disciplines.
While H-1B visa holders do have some restrictions imposed on them by U.S. immigration law—including not being allowed to work off-site—they are generally permitted to have more than one job as long as their total hours do not exceed 40 hours per week limit imposed by U.S. labor laws or any other limits specified by their employer(s).
Maintain Jobs in the Same Profession
However, it’s important to remember that each job must be related to your field of study or work experience. You cannot work two unrelated jobs while on an H-1B visa (such as a doctor working as a barista). Also, depending on how much time you spend at each job and what kind of benefits you receive from each employer (such as health insurance), you may want to consider consulting with an immigration attorney before committing yourself too deeply to any additional employment opportunities.
Seek Legal Guidance
Working multiple jobs while on an H-1B visa can be beneficial, but all guidelines must be followed closely. Employers must also certify with the U.S. Department of Labor that they are providing appropriate wages for each job held by the H-1B visa holder. Working multiple jobs can help foreign nationals fulfill their career goals and make their stay in the United States even more enjoyable. To ensure your rights are protected under US immigration law, it’s best practice to consult with an experienced immigration attorney before taking on additional employment opportunities while living abroad on an H-1B visa.
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