Activities permitted under H-4 EAD

1. Can an H-4 EAD person open a small business like ice cream shop as part time?
2. Also can h1b spouse support the maintenance of the business without taking any remuneration. Is it legal and allowed?

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1. With a H-4 EAD, you can do anything you like. You can work, you can choose not work, you can start your own business, you can work three hours a day, you can work ten hours a day, you can work eighteen hours a day. 

2. I am a little uncomfortable with that. Normally it should not be a problem as a volunteer activity, but there are two problems here.

a. the ice cream business is a for-profit business under the Fair Labor Standards Act, they cannot take free work.

b. this might be a violation of your status because it is giving you a benefit directly or indirectly. I think it is a difficult situation. She can do what she wants. You should not work for her. More


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