US company registration
Many international entrepreneurs are looking to create or expand their business into the US Visas Agency specializes in helping those entrepreneurs, and we would like to present you with several ideas to consider first.
What Documents Are Needed?
First of all, to register a company in the U.S. you don’t need to present any documents – only information. Documents would be necessary in case you want a US address or need to open a bank account, but not for company registration.
Do I Need To Be In The U.S. To Open My Company?
Not at all. All filings can be done remotely, with us serving as your proxy in the U.S. In almost all cases when we need a signature from our clients this can be done electronically.
Choice of State
If you plan to buy real estate property, or open a “brick and mortar” store in the U.S. it is recommended to form your company in the state where this property or store is physically located.
If your business has no physical connection to any specific state it is recommended to form your company in one of the incorporation-friendly states, such as Delaware, Wyoming, or Nevada.
Majority of our clients choose either Delaware or Wyoming, due to more expensive fees in Nevada. You can see the comparison between those 3 states here: DE vs. NV vs. WY.
Choice of Entity
Foreigners can choose primarily between two types of entities: LLC and C-Corporation. LLC is the most common type of entity chosen by our foreign clients due to its simplicity, flexibility and single taxation. C-Corporation mostly chosen by young entrepreneurs looking to obtain Angel or VC financing.
You can see a comparison between LLC and C-Corporation here: LLC vs. Corporation.
Restrictions and Things to Consider
First of all, as a foreigner you are not required to have Social Security Number to open your company and obtain EIN (company tax ID). You also don’t need to have a U.S. address or phone number, however if you like to have U.S. address and/or phone it’s possible to obtain them from specializing vendors (see phone vendors here, and our U.S. address solutions here).
Banking in the US is a more complicated topic. There are some companies on the internet that promise international clients help in opening a bank account remotely, but we warn our clients to be careful with those who claim they can help that way. To learn more about banking in the U.S., associated problems, and possible solutions please read our article “Opening a Bank Account in the United States”.
Finally, international clients would need help filing their U.S. company taxes. We addressed this issue in our article U.S. Taxation for Foreign Entrepreneurs.
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We provide full service of forming your company, which includes everything from drafting and filing the Articles with the state for your choice, providing registered agent in any of the 50 state and DC, obtaining EIN for non-U.S. owners, drafting Operating Agreement, obtaining all necessary licenses and tax IDs, certifying your company documents for foreign use, and more.