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Starting a business in the United States is fairly easy, even if you do not have a visa and aren’t planning to visit. Having a U.S. company allows you to do things like open online accounts, open a United States bank account and gain access to new market that can enhance the reputation of your business, both in your home country and in the US.

If your business is an LLC, corporation, partnership, or nonprofit corporation, you’ll probably need to register with any state where you conduct business activities. Typically, you’re considered to be conducting business activities in a state when:

  • Your business has a physical presence in the state
  • You often have in-person meetings with clients in the state
  • A significant portion of your company’s revenue comes from the state
  • Any of your employees work in the state

Most businesses don’t need to register with the federal government to become a legal entity, other than simply filing to get a federal tax ID. Small businesses sometimes register with the federal government for trademark protection or tax exempt status.