How to Register a Company as a Non-U.S. Resident

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We live in a day and age where entrepreneurship is on the rise. Business owners from all over the world are looking to expand internationally, and one popular destination of expansion is the United States of America. Many international business people, however, worry that they will be unable to register a company in the United States or know virtually nothing about establishing a business in the U.S.A. Not to worry, though. We have compiled this guide to tell you everything you need to know about registering a company in the U.S.A without being a U.S. citizen.

Yes, in this article as both our title and introduction suggest, we are going to tell you how you can register a company in the U.S.A without citizenship. Be sure to read this article in its entirety so you can understand the process and get started on your journey to U.S. business ownership.

Here is how you can register a company in the U.S. without citizenship.

Owning a Business in the United States

International business ownership is a complicated subject. Fear not, you have found the right page, keep reading to find out more info here in this article. To start with, it is important that you know there are absolutely no restrictions on foreign business ownership in the United States. The procedure for forming and establishing a business in the United States for a foreign national is no different from the procedure a citizen of the U.S.A will have to follow.

You do not have to be a citizen of the United States, nor do you need a green card, to own a business, corporation, or LLC in the U.S.A. With that said, not having citizenship, or a visa at the very least can greatly complicate business ownership. However, if you have international agents appointed to handle your business for you, then this is fine and you do not need to visit the United States. They can handle everything for you – or you can handle the creation of your business remotely.

Working in the United States

If you own a corporation or LLC in the United States, you will be unable to visit or work without a proper permit, or proper documentation. While being a director and shareholder of a U.S. business is permitted without a visa, being an officer and performing duties on U.S. soil is not allowed. If you do work for your company in the United States without a valid work visa then you will be punished and could be subject to fines, arrest, and extradition. If you are deported, you may be unable to return to the United States for a fixed period of time.

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Do I Need a Visa?

As we have already made clear, you do not need to be a citizen (or to hold a visa) to open or own a business in the United States. You can do it online and do not even need to step foot in the United States to open a business. With that said, without a visa, you are not allowed to come into the United States and will be unable to manage or have anything to do with your business physically. If you want to work for your own business in the U.S. you will need to get a visa, which you can do by contacting the consulate and applying for a work permit. The visa process, providing you have good cause to come to the U.S., is quite simple and straightforward. They are more likely to grant you a visa if you own a business in the U.S.A, the reason being that you are investing into the economy with your business, which is something they will be very happy with.

We must say this again, though. Never, and we repeat never, enter the U.S.A without a visa, or overstay your visa. Doing this can be a detriment to your business and your future relations with the U.S.

International Appointments

If you cannot enter the United States, we recommend you appoint an international agent to manage your business. This can be a friend, a relative, or just somebody that you know. International agents will make managing and handling business affairs in the U.S. far easier and will allow you to have a representative to send to meetings and appointments. We do highly recommend an international agent and officer to operate for you within U.S. soil.

In this article, we hope to have explained everything there is for you to know about international business ownership, as well as advising you on a few points. We thank you very much for joining us and reading our article and we hope you will come back and visit us again soon!