Although you’re supposed to exclusively work for the employer that filed a I-129H form and acquired the H-1B on your behalf, it’s debatable if you’re “working” for Airbnb. Also, individuals on H-1B are generally allowed to participate in “passive” activities. Take a look at, which addresses Passive Activity:
“There are two kinds of passive activities.
- Trade or business activities in which you do not materially participate during the year.
- Rental activities, even if you do materially participate in them, unless you are a real estate professional.”
There are a bunch of requirements for what is considered a “rental activity” though. As most have already suggested, it’s probably in your best interest to speak with an immigration attorney. You can do that at(full discl. = I’m the CEO). Many visa holders turn to the immigration lawyers on our site for sound and affordable on-demand legal advice. Good luck w/ everything.