Asked in Immigration Law for Florida

Q: I am a Canadian citizen, with no US residency status at all. Can I start a US corporation, to start a bus/franchise

I want to invest in a franchise, or buy a US business in the southern states. Ideally this will be a business that will have US employees, and we will be passive owners, visiting no more than 180 days per year, to oversee the operations

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Edit Stelczner
Edit Stelczner
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY

A: The short answer is yes. A foreign person can own a US entity and hire US employees. If you wish to obtain certain visas in the future based on the company you will have a set of requirements to fullfill. Congrats on your new adventure!

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The scenario you have presented suggests you obtain an investor visa. This visa will allow you to come and go and live in the USA as yo prefer. However the visa is not necessary. There are many businesses owned by foreigners in the USA.

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