I'm interested in hiring as a consultant an H1B employee with another firm. Do I need to file an I-29 petition or does the new hire need to?
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Are you refering to I-129? An employer petitioning and thus filing the petition
Typically, H-1b employment is restricted to a specific job with a specific employer so it is unlikely that an H-1b employee would be legally permitted to freelance as a consultant. Whoever hires an alien as a consultant in a true independent contractor relationship is generally not regarded an employer and would not need to petition on the alien's behalf with an I-129. However, there are definite risks to hiring consultants without an employment authorization that covers their freelance consulting activity even to a non-employer, especially in the today's enforcement environment. Feel free to contact us if you wish to explore this issue further.
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The entity that will pay the consultant is the entity that needs to file an H-1B petition on the consultant's behalf.
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Responding to this inquiry in no way establishes an attorney client relationship; however, I look forward to exploring these issues with you further by way of telephone or in-person consultation.
I would need more information regarding your particular case before I can comment on it properly.
However, please note that it is always the person employing another (the employer) who files the petition.
Also note that if the employee will still be working full-time for the first employer there will be a conflict. Read the instructions for the application carefully.
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