Can I Do Two Jobs on H1B?
Working while on an H1B visa can provide a valuable source of income, but many people wonder if they are allowed to do multiple jobs on the same visa. The answer is that it is possible, but there are restrictions and considerations to be aware of.
Am I Allowed to Have Multiple Jobs on an H1B?
Technically, it is permissible to have multiple jobs while on an H1B visa. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows people on an H1B visa to work for multiple employers – whether as a primary or a secondary job. However, it must be explained to both employers that the worker is already on an H1B. The employer is required to provide the correct paperwork for the additional job.
What Do I Need to Consider?
A person on an H1B needs to think about a few things before taking on more than one job. This includes:
- Working hours: When combined, the two jobs cannot exceed 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.
- Wages: The combined wages must be at least equal to the Prevailing Wage (PW) for the position. PW is determined by the Department of Labor for the state or region in question and can vary depending on qualifications and experience.
- Secondary job approval: If an individual is applying for a second job, there needs to be approval from both employers (or the current employer if the job is with the same employer).
- Changes to main job: It is necessary to report any changes to the current job, such as increases in salary, work location, duties or hours.
In certain circumstances, it is also possible to secure a “dual intent” visa which also allows for permanent residency.
Getting approval to take on additional jobs while on an H1B visa can take some time, so it is important to factor this into any decision to take on extra employment. Be aware of PW, working hours and the approval process. It is essential that any changes to the main job are reported in a timely manner.