Q: A friend of mine purchased 2 lots on the Kona coast in Hawaii. He is shipping over cedar to build a bungalow on one of these lots. I had read before in your articles that being a foreign national you are not allowed to work in the US without authorization. He doesn’t think there is a problem I think he’s offside on this am I correct?

A: 1. If he is building it strictly for his own use and never will rent it
he could be ok
2. If he intends to rent it out it is not.
3. If he just ships the wood and has someone else build the house… no problem.
4. If he physically builds it himself, he is taking away a job from an American.

He should definitely see his ‘crossborder’ accountant/lawyer before he starts.