Williamstown, MA asked in International Law and Immigration Law for New York

Q: I am a F1 visa status international student from Japan, and my friend (US citizen) asked me to be his co-founder.

Hi I am a F1 visa status international student from Japan. My friend (he is an US citizen) asked me to be his co-founder for his company. I am scheduled to leave the States this year after graduation. I was wondering if I can be his co-founder and, if so, what are some regulations/processes I have to take (especially before leaving the US when F1 visa status expires). Thank you!

1 Lawyer Answer
Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
  • Licensed in New York

A: There are complicated immigration rules regarding volunteering, working, and passive investing on your F-1 visa. Your OPT might be useful if the work is related to your degree. Then there is the possibility of if a change of status to L-1, for example. Without assessing the specifics of your case during a confidential consultation, it would not be possible to responsibly advise you on your options.

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