Can I publish a book on an H4 visa?

Question: I am on an H4 visa and would like to write and publish a book. Am I allowed to write a book and publish it while on a H4?

Answer: This is an interesting question. What constitutes “work” vs a hobby? We have known clients who have hobbies – which are considered a legal use of time – while on an H4. When does that rise to the level that it be considered self-employment?

I would think that writing an entire book, which will be published for the purpose of providing you with an income, would be considered work. H4 visa holders are not allowed to work. You might want to consider changing your status to another visa category that will allow you to work.


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