Legal Question in Immigration Law in Delaware

Hi,

I am doing PhD in USA. I have j-1 visa. I want to establish a company to sell some clothes online.

1) Do I have right to start a company in USA? First I want to be sure about this.

2) Someone told me that I can start the company, but can't work for it. If this is true, can I own %100 of the company and hire someone to do works in the company?

Asked on 12/03/11, 11:01 am

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Rebecca White Law Office of Rebecca White
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On a J visa you can not be an employee. You may be able to start a company and have others work for you without violating the terms of your J visa. However, there are going to be other long term considerations relating to immigration status after your J visa is up. You would do well with a consultation regarding options prior to starting your business so that you can plan a long term business and immigration strategy. I can be reached at rebeccaw@lorw.us.

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Answered on 12/05/11, 11:57 am

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