Can a International student with F-1 status form an LLC in the United States ?
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You need to distinguish two concepts: first, is a mere ownership of an interest in the llc and second, doing actual work on behalf of the lcc or being engaged in the management of an llc. If you merely hold interest in the llc without being engaged in any work or management activities, it should not be prohibited by F-1 visa. However, if in addition to holding the membership interest you are engaged in any work or management relating to the llc, it would likely be in violation of your visa.
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Short answer - yes you can form the LLC, yes it may impact your immigration status, without further details it is impossible to say more.
Forming an LLC for what purpose? If you're here in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, your supposedly pursuing an approved course of study with very limited employment allowed, and if this LLC was some kind of entity designed to allow you to surreptitiously circumvent these restrictions on employment and to earn income on the side, it might well violate the conditions of your student visa and turn into an unexpected "quick ticket" back to your home country for you.
M.E. Hendrickson, Esq.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
I am not positive of the laws in your jurisdiction, but, the issue with the someone with a student visa forming a business is one you need to speak to an immigration attorney about.
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