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dannylau1993
07-02-2015, 12:14 PM
Hi,

Can an F-1 visa holder form/own a business in CA? I am in my last year of holding this F-1 status, afterwards it will expire. I am putting together a startup company (I am thinking LLC) that retails fashion items, will be importing from India and plan to sell it in USA based in CA. If yes, how do I proceed and where do I register the business? If no, can I form a business in my home country (Hong Kong) and distribute it in USA? How would the 2nd option work?
And as a side note, if I do establish a small business in CA, what kind of visa/permit will I need to apply for in order to return to the US to manage it? (This is not the point of the business. But I am asking since it would be silly if I establish a small business but will not be able to return and take care of it).
Thanks a bunch for any answers/insights.

Cheers,
Danny