Can H1B Study MBA, MS in USA? (with Working Full Time)

H1B can study in USA while working full time without F1 visa including H4, L1. Eligible for in-state tuition. Full time MBA allowed. Employer can pay tutition fees.

Written by AM22Tech Team
  AM22Tech Team    Updated 10 Aug, 22

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You can study Masters’s on an H1-B visa while working full-time in the USA. You can also do a Ph.D. on an H1-B visa without converting to an F1 visa.

Many people study MBA or MS part-time after office hours in the evening to add value to their job profile. You can take classes online or offline at your convenience.

Remember, studies are allowed for H1B holders but, working outside of an H1B job like driving Uber is strictly unlawful even though stock trading and opening business might be legitimate.

Full-time MBA without changing H1B visa to F1?

You can do a full-time MBA without changing your H1B visa to F1.

The simple rule to follow is that as long as you continue to work for your H1-B holding employer and maintain your H1-B status, you can do any course full-time (usually night classes) or part-time.

If you cannot manage full-time study on H1B or L1 on the side, it is better to get part-time course credits.

Convert H1b to part-time and Study full-time without changing to F1?

You can work on H1B part-time and study Masters’s full-time in the USA without changing your status to F1.

Your employer should file an H1B amendment to convert your status from a full-time to a part-time worker.

You can then start studying full-time while you work on H1B part-time. There is no extra notification required to inform USCIS about the full-time study.

Should I Notify USCIS of my Part Time H1b Studies?

There is no need to notify USCIS if you start studying on an H1-B visa.

As long as you are maintaining your H1b status as per the LCA and H1B approval, you are free to study for any percentage of your time in addition to your job.

Did you know that you can work for multiple H1B employers concurrently?


Can My H1B Employer pay for my Master’s Study?

Your H1B employer can pay for your study tuition fees while paying for your H1B job to maintain your H1B status.

Can I work if I change my Status to F1 for Higher Studies?

If you change your status to F1, you cannot work full time. An F1 visa is specifically for studying full-time.

What does Incidental Study mean in the USA?

Incidental study means that you can study in the US on the side if you can maintain your primary visa status like H1B.

Is an H1B visa eligible for in-state college tuition?

The in-state Tuition fees law varies by state.

Most states allow an H1B holder to work in their state for at least 1 year and pay state taxes to be eligible for in-state tuition benefits.

Can L1 Visa Holder Study in the USA?

The L1 visa holders can study in the USA while maintaining their L1 status and working full time.

Source: Official ICE Study Guide


Written by AM22Tech Team
  AM22Tech Team