My husbands been here on a work visa for 15yrs-he's canadian, I have a visa through him-I have Canadian/ British citizenship. Can I incorporate myself?My visa is dependant. I do not want to "incorporate a company" I want to incorporate "myself". I've heard you can do this.
Your question is vague because you did not indicate which visa possess. You cannot "incorporate yourself." You can own shares in a regular corporation. You cannot be a shareholder in a Subchapter S corporation. You also cannnot be employed any US corp. because if you are on temporary Visa as a dependent your husband, you cannot.
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In all likelihood (based on my experience working with other foreign-national entrepreneurs), you can form a corporation but you cannot obtain a visa that will permit you to work for it.
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Your question is vague.
Was would be the purpose of incorporating yourself?
1. If to form a business and operate it, that is legitimate.
2. If to form an entity for the sole purpose of attempting to obtain a visa or citizenship as an "employee" of that entity I doubt that would work.
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