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Can a non US Citizen file for an LLC with ZenBusiness?
Can a non US Citizen file for an LLC with ZenBusiness?

This article explains the requirements for a non US citizen to file for an LLC with ZenBusiness

Updated over a week ago

Yes, non-U.S. citizens can form and own LLCs, corporations, foreign-qualified entities, or other entity types in the United States. However, there are certain legal and visa requirements that must be met in order to form an LLC as a non-U.S. resident.

Requirements for Non-U.S. Residents to Start an LLC in the USA

Legal Requirements for Foreign-Owned LLCs in the USA

Foreign-owned LLCs in the USA must comply with federal and state laws, as well as any specific regulations related to their industry or location. This includes obtaining a tax identification number, registering with relevant state agencies, and maintaining proper business licenses and permits.

Visa and Residency Requirements for Non-U.S. Residents to Form an LLC in the USA

Non-U.S. residents who wish to form an LLC in the USA must have a valid visa that allows for business activities, such as an E-2 visa or L-1 visa. Alternatively, they can form an LLC as a passive investor without needing a visa. Some states also require LLC owners to have a U.S. address and phone number.

State-Specific Requirements and Regulations for Forming an LLC as a Non-U.S. Resident

Each state has its own specific regulations and requirements for forming an LLC, which can vary depending on the state’s business laws and tax codes. For example, some states may require LLCs to have a registered agent who is a resident of that state.

Obtaining a U.S. Business Address as a Non-Resident

If you’re a non-resident looking to start an LLC in the U.S., you’ll need to provide a U.S. business address when registering your business with the state. This can be a challenge if you don’t have any physical presence in the U.S. Luckily, there are virtual business address services that you can use.

One option is to use a virtual office service that provides a physical address for your LLC. Virtual office services offer a range of features, including a physical mailing address, mail forwarding, and the use of conference rooms and office facilities as needed. This option can provide you with more of a physical presence in the U.S. and may be a good choice if you plan to conduct business in the country.

It’s important to have a U.S. business address to help ensure that your LLC is registered properly and to avoid any potential legal issues down the line.

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