Forming a corporation for a foreign client is a lot like forming a corporation for a domestic client. (See Foreign Companies: Form a Corporation when You Come to the U.S.) Having gone through the process dozens of times, however, I realize that there are three important post-formation issues that foreign clients often need help addressing:
- Obtaining an Employer Identification Number if no principal officer has s U.S. social security number. – This process is described in Foreign Company Alert: Obtaining an EIN may be your Biggest Challenge in the U.S.
- Opening a bank account if the client does not yet have personnel in the U.S. – This problem was largely resolved today by an accountant who has helped several of my foreign clients. As part of his services, he can take a Vice President position that includes responsibility for opening a bank account.
- Obtaining a visa to work in the U.S. – Realistic visa options are discussed in Visa Basics for Foreign Entrepreneurs Coming to the U.S.
Once you form your corporation and take care of these post-formation issues, you will be ready to conduct business in the U.S.
Dana H. Shultz, Attorney at Law +1 510 547-0545 dana [at] danashultz [dot] com
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