New York, NY asked in Business Formation and Immigration Law for New York

Q: Can I start a business, register to E-Verify and work on a side startup while maintaining my full-time job on STEM OPT?

Hi, I'm a current Post Completion OPT employee and am in the process of applying for my STEM OPT extension. My OPT and STEM OPT extension are based on my full-time employment in the US.

My question is: Can I start a business of my own, register to E-Verify and work on a side start-up while maintaining my current full-time employment?

1 Lawyer Answer
Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: E-Verify is for Established US Employers. You OPT only allows you work for a US employer. This could be interpreted as working without authorizarion. You should get legal counsel first.

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