With a multi-trillion dollar economy, the United States offers a huge opportunity for investors and job seekers alike. To be able to work in the United States, you must have a legal document (Employment Authorization Document) from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Work without legal authorization is illegal in the United States and could result in severe penalties. In the United States, employers usually require applicants to present immigration documents before they can offer employment.
The authorization is not required if you are a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder.
There are certain jobs you can legally undertake that don’t require a work permit despite the restrictions.
An immigrant without a work permit to the United States can engage in the following categories of employment.
Become An Author
When you write a book and earn royalties, royalties received from outside the United States are considered passive income, and are not illegal; you must declare these and every other income accrued when preparing your tax return. Although you cannot submit your manuscript to U.S. publishers for consideration, you can always use the services of publishers or agents outside of the United States.
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Invest In Business
It is legal to earn income from investing in a business, as long as you are not actively involved in the day-to-day operations of that business. As an example, if your friend owns a saloon, you can invest in the business without being directly involved. Taking shifts without a work permit is against the law. There are many business opportunities available out there, so evaluate your options and invest wisely.
Stock Market Investment
If you trade minimally and do not exceed four trades per week, you are not at risk for arrest or deportation if you make legal income online. Day trading without a work permit is illegal.
Note: Unless you are an expert in trading, you should practice virtual stock trading before investing real money.
Participate in Contest
Contests such as lotteries and lottos are considered passive income, so they are completely legal. In the U.S., winnings on lotteries and lottos are taxed, so you may want to consider British-run contests.
You should always check the guidelines before entering any competition. Most U.K contests require participants to be U.K permanent residents.
Become a Lender
Lending money with interest is another way you can legally earn without a work permit if you have the required funds. There are lots of entrepreneurs looking for funds to start a business, you can lend money to interested persons and earn from the interest you charge. This venture is entirely legal and risks free.
If your immigration status prevents you from working legally in the United States, you can upgrade your skills or volunteer for non-paid work to rack up experience. Upon securing a work permit, your experience and new skills would put you in a better position to be considered for employment.