I am an international student, from Spain, studying in NY. Next fall I will enroll in CSU Long Beach and I would like to set up and run a business while I study. I would like to know if it is possible for me to create a company and hire myself, thus, acquiring the worker visa. Please, tell me about the steps I need to take in order to create and run a company in the US.
Change to E-2 status if the requisite treaty exists with your country. F-1s cannot work without authorization and running a business is work.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.
Generally, F-1 students are not permitted to work while in F-1 status. However, immigration law does not expressly forbid an alien from investing or establishing a new business in the U.S.
While you may establish or invest in your own companies in the U.S., you cannot work work for your own company while in F-1 status. Do consult with an experienced Immigration Attorney on viable options.
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