Starting a new company or entering a new market is a giant leap, both emotionally and financially, even foreigners who don’t have been to the U.S. can start a business without even visiting in person.
This leap can discourage entrepreneurs with great ideas.
That’s why we made Generis Incorporation: to make the leap as simple and as affordable as possible.
With a U.S. company, you will be able to:
- Open a U.S bank account
- Open U.S. payment processing accounts (like Stripe, Paypal, Amazon FA, and other online accounts)
- Access the U.S. market and enhance the reputation of your company, both to U.S. customers and overseas
If you’re a non-US resident or non-US citizen, you CAN start a business in the U.S.
It’s not necessary to be a U.S. citizen or to be a U.S. resident or to have a green card to start an LLC in the U.S. or a Corporation in the US
Non-US citizens and non-US residents can legally start a business in the US. To make this possible, you just need to know about opening a company in the U.S.
We have summed up the entire process in 15 steps below:
- Decide which business type is right for you
- Decide where to form your LLC
- Get a Registered Agent
- Register your LLC or S-Corporation
- Get EIN
- Get a US mailing address (if necessary)
- Open a US business bank account
- Open a business merchant account to accept payment from customers
- Get business insurance (if necessary)
- Get an ITIN (if you’re a non-US citizen without SSN)
- Understand your tax responsibilities and file your taxes
- Keep your business and personal bank accounts separate
- Maintain company and pay annual fees on time
- Make sure you’re complying with city or county requirements
- Consult with a Business Lawyer
Citizenship and residency are not required to start a small business in the United States. Some small business opportunities may allow you to reside in the United States if you qualify for an L-1 or E-2 visa. While the L-1 visa is only granted for up to one year at a time, the E-2 visa can be granted for up to two years and is indefinitely renewable.
While the E-2 and L-1 visas allow an individual to reside in the United States for a substantial amount of time, the individual must usually keep a residence outside of the United States as well. Further, it’s important to note that both of these visas apply only to an individual, which means that spouses and dependents may not work or live in the United States unless they qualify independently.