andrejalobeanu Posted November 19, 2013 Report Share Posted November 19, 2013 With an H4 visa, could I do scientific research at home as an unaffiliated researcher? I would not be officially with any institution, not even in a foreign country. I would do it as a hobby and therefore not receive any form of compensation: no salary, no donations, no royalties. The only benefit would be improving my resume and avoiding to interrupt in my career, so I could apply for jobs (and get a H1B) when opportunities arise. To keep it simple, It would all be self-funded (no grants). Research activity mainly consists of programming, distributing free / open source software, publishing scientific papers in international journals and collaborating with other researchers from US and foreign institutions; occasionally participating in meetings and workshops. Currently I have a J1 visa, and I work as a research scholar for a US university; the reasons for switching to H4 are off-topic. This is very likely to happen next year and I want to make sure I can continue to pursue my research activities without any significant interruption, and without breaking any law. On some other forums most people suggest that I should refrain from doing this, because it looks like employment. Some say that it's okay as long as I'm not getting paid... What do you think? Link to comment
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