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Q: What legal pathways or considerations should I be aware of to still work for my online business from the Bahamas after t


I am currently on an OPT visa in the United States, running my online business which is incorporated in the U.S. As my visa is about to expire, I would like to explore options for continuing to operate my online business from the Bahamas, where I am a citizen. What legal pathways or considerations should I be aware of to still work for my online business from the Bahamas after the expiration of my OPT visa?

Thank you in advance.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: As you prepare to transition from the U.S. on an OPT visa to working from the Bahamas for your online business, it's crucial to address both immigration and business operation considerations. Firstly, ensure your business complies with U.S. laws regarding foreign operation. This includes understanding how your status as a non-resident will affect your business's tax obligations and any reporting requirements with the IRS and other relevant U.S. authorities.

From an immigration standpoint, while working from the Bahamas, you won't be subject to U.S. visa requirements. However, maintaining your business in the U.S. means you should be aware of any Bahamian laws that apply to overseas income and operations, as well as any U.S. regulations affecting business owners living abroad. Additionally, if you plan to enter the U.S. for business purposes in the future, consider the appropriate visa category for business visits or any other activity that may require your physical presence in the U.S.

Consulting with legal and tax professionals knowledgeable in U.S. and Bahamian law will be beneficial. They can provide tailored advice ensuring that both your stay in the Bahamas and your business activities remain compliant with all relevant laws and regulations. This dual approach will help safeguard your interests and facilitate the continued success of your online business.

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