Can a non-citizen open an e-commerce business in the US ?

Asked about 1 year ago - New York, NY

I'm from Russia and I want to open a company in New York (LLC). I teach students via the Internet (I live in Russia), can this kind of activity be the basis for the opening the company? (literally I want to work here and pay taxes to US).
I would like to note that I'm not going to hire people, so I hope I won't break any rules. And I'd like to consult with professional lawyer.

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  1. Andrew Edward Shaughnessy

    Contributor Level 6


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    Answered . Yes, you would certainly be able to form a New York LLC. This does not, however, automatically entitle you to obtain a work visa if you plan on operating the business from the United States.

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  2. Michael Charles Doland

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . There are no limits on a non-resident alien opening an LLC or corporation in the US. Opening the company does not provide visa benefits (residency and work permission.)

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more
  3. Peter Christopher Lomtevas


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Sure. Nazdaroviye.

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  4. Lawrence A. Schultis

    Contributor Level 7


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    Answered . There are no restrictions on who can form and who can own a U.S. company that would conflict with what you want to do.

    Having a U.S. company does not require a right to come to the U.S., but does not give you one either.

    A company can perform any legal business and do it from anywhere. There may be tax implications of collecting payment in the U.S., but since you will be setting up a U.S. company, withholding at source should not apply.

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