How to Start a Company on an H1B Visa: Top Tips for Immigrant Startup Founders

On an H1B visa, you can only work for your sponsor company — any steps you take to develop your startup idea will need to comply with those terms. This means you cannot act as the CEO of a new company or be performing day-to-day activities as a company employee including any managerial or executive position. Any role where you can hire, fire, and manage people is considered working without authorization, and is thus a no-go.