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I am an Australian citizen, and want to establish a business in the USA. I have a completed high quality business plan and all the details ready to go. My startup costs are approximately between 400 and 500k. I do not currently have any business
incorporated, partly because I am was working overseas in Germany. I am now in New York.
It is very important that my company be based in America due to the target markets and such, and that I maintain control of the company. I am fine with sacrificing quite a lot of the stock, or having partners etc, but I want the company to be in my name and to be CEO or equivalent.
My problem is that I can not enter the US except to work for another company. The visas I found for starting a new business require I personally invest the money. I would like to know how this problem could be handled, would an investor give me money personally(under a contract of course) which I could then use to fulfill the requirements of an investor visa, or would there be some other way?
I was considering pursuing an L1 visa, but this is cutting it to close to the time limits in which I would need to unleash and capitalize on my technology. I would have to wait until I go back to Australian and start and operate a company there for at least one year.
I have no funding at the moment, only a completed business plan, which I am hoping to pitch to VC's or Angel investors. But I am unclear on the process as I do not hold a US visa.
My main question is is funding still possible and is it possible to
establish and maintain control of a business in the us if you are not a us citizen?
Otherwise, if I were to have a partner set up the business, would it be possible that the partner has no or very little say and input into company decisions? Could I then also be hired by my partner as director or similar?