Immigration Issues/H1B Visa

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Hi, I am on an H1B visa.... my green card is in process (6 months now. My H1B is with GE (engineering). I want to get my real estate sales license and sign up under a broker as a contractor...is that legal under the H1B? If not... I know that after the 1st and 2nd part of the green card application I get a work permit of sorts...how long is that taking these days?

Also, I would like to apply for adjunct part time teaching postions....is that possible under my present status... I would remain at GE working full time and just teach a course in the evening.

Answer
Hi Karla,

You can be paid only by your H-1B employer. However, you can have multiple employers file an H-1B petition for you (part-time position is OK as long as the position requires at least a bachelor's degree) and then you can be paid by multiple employers. Since a broker position does not require a bachelor's degree, you could not work in H-1B status even if the employer sponsored you. Part-time adjunct teaching position is fine if the university sponsors you.

As to when you will receive general employment authorization, and thus not depend on maintaining H-1B status, depends on when your I-485 (adjustment of status application) can be filed.

The following articles from our website are helpful: http://www.h1b1.com/concurrent.htm and http://www.h1b1.com/visawaiting.htm

Regards,
Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
www.H1B1.com

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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