Rochester, MN asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for Minnesota

Q: Is it legal to have an additional source of income while on J-1 clinical visa?

Individuals pursuing medical residency training on J-1 clinical visa can only have one employer as listed on their DS 2019. However, it is unclear if they may earn an additional income via sources such as rent/airbnb, property investment, uber etc in the US. Obviously, the taxes would have to be filed appropriately.

1 Lawyer Answer
Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA

A: In the 9th Circuit which is on the West Coast, this would not be a problem due to a decision called Bhakta v. INS. However, I don't believe that Courts in the MidWest have ruled on this question.

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