Asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: Is it possible to obtain a US Work Visa by forming a US Corporation and hiring yourself in it as a foreigner?

I would like to know if it is possible to obtain a US Work Visa as a german citizen by incorporating a Company in the United States and hiring yourself as the CEO of that exact same company. Technically that would make you an employee of that company and therefore you should be able to get a US Work Visa or am I mistaken? What I would also like to mention is that this company would be having US clients and also an actual office space in the US.

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Deron Edward Smallcomb
Deron Edward Smallcomb
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You need special authorization to hire foreign workers in most cases. There may be other options however. You should contact an experienced immigration attorney to discuss your situation.

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