Can I Work Two Jobs on an H1B?
Many H1B visa holders in the US are trying to find out if they can work two jobs while on an H1B. The answer depends on the policies of their particular employer and their ability to negotiate an ideal situation.
How to Pursue Two Jobs on an H1B
The key here is understanding the various parameters laid out by the USCIS for H1B employment. If you’re interested in working for two employers on an H1B, the first step is to make sure that your existing primary job is approved with multiple employers. You will also need to obtain an additional employer letter from your second employer and make sure it is accepted by the USCIS.
In general, the USCIS limits an H1B worker’s employment to a single employer. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, which make it possible to work for two employers on an H1B visa.
Split Time Between Employers
The USCIS allows you to split your time between two employers as long as you abide by the total number of working hours set by your primary employer. It’s important to note that the USCIS doesn’t officially recognize split-time employment. Therefore, it’s up to the employers to negotiate and decide the exact rules of split-time employment.
You are also allowed to work for two employers by ‘company hopping.’ With company hopping, you must be employed by one company for an entire year before changing employers. This allows you to stay in the same city or region as you switch employers.
To be eligible to work two jobs on an H1B, you must:
- Be in full-time status. H1B visas are limited to full-time employment only.
- Have the necessary paperwork. All employers must submit an employer letter to the USCIS. This is necessary for the USCIS to recognize your dual employment.
- Ensure that you maintain the total number of working hours set by your primary employer. If your primary employer permits, you can split this time between your two jobs.
Overall, an H1B worker can work two jobs if their primary employer allows for split-time employment or if they follow the ‘company hopping’ rule. However, it’s important to understand the regulations and consult with a knowledgeable immigration attorney before undertaking this.