I know I can not earn income, but I have not been able to find a clear answer on this. I have written and illustrated a children's book that I would like to self publish.
As an H4 visa holder:
- am I able to self-publish online in the USA? or Canada?
- is it considered a hobby if the intention is not to earn necessary income?
- can I earn royalties from sales of the book?
- is this considered earned income or passive income?
- is there another way to do this while on USA soil? (make it free? donate earnings? put earnings into a trust?)
I really just want to get this book out to the world and don't know how to legally go about it.
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