327 Million people
79 Million tourists visiting every year
GDP of 21,200 Billion USD in 2019,
2% expected growth in 2021
Ease of doing Business Rank 6/190
100% foreign ownership available for certain business activities
How can I do business in the USA?
Doing business in the United States?
While foreign investment in the USA is generally made easy by the country’s democratic constitution and free market economy, foreign investors are subject to specific immigration rules when it comes to operating themselves their business from the United States or sending foreign executives and employees to manage their investments in the country...
There are multiple immigration routes available to foreign investors looking to relocate in the United States with their teams. All of these routes are regulated by US Federal law and therefore apply nationwide in all 50 States, the federal district of Washington DC and US territories.
Existing foreign businesses planning to expand their activities in the US may do so by registering local subsidiaries in one or several US States. Foreign executives and employees who worked for a certain amount of time abroad with the existing business can apply and be granted working visas provided they comply with specific guidelines and provided the foreign business meets certain investment criteria.
Foreign entrepreneurs looking to start and run a new business in the US have a dedicated immigration route whereby they can be granted a working visa provided specific investment criteria are met including (a) substantiality of the investment (total capital investment made in consideration of the business industry), (b) irrevocability of the investment (capital and operational expenditures irrevocably made) and (c) positive impact of the investment in the United States (planned recruitment of American citizens and US Residents, other positive economic, social and environmental effects).
Foreign entrepreneurs may sponsor a working visa for foreign executives and employees who are essential to the conduct of their business in the United States. The working visa held by foreign entrepreneurs and their executives and employees stays active and may usually be renewed for as long as the business is successfully run and the revenue and local hiring milestones are met.
Foreign individuals with extraordinary abilities in any given field may be granted a renewable working visa allowing them the freedom to run one or multiple businesses in the United States. Assessment of extraordinary abilities in a certain field is made on the basis of multiple criteria which may include academic credentials, professional experience and past successes, media coverage, peer acknowledgments, social media influence, etc.
Other ways exist to immigrate in the US to run a business, they should be discussed based on your specific circumstances with an expert immigration attorney. Immigration rules, guidelines, and visa criteria are subject to interpretation and change depending on the global economic context and the policies enforced by the United States government as well as the relationships between your home country and the USA. It is therefore of paramount importance to seek professional advice.
Belaws market entry practice adopts a step-by-step approach:
- Preliminary Checks allow you to quickly determine how you may setup and run your business activities in the US. This involves figuring out before making investments: (a) how much money you will have to invest in the business depending on available immigration routes if you want to come in the US run your business and/or send executives and employees to help run it, (b) how many local recruitments you need to plan for in order to get your visa and the visa of your foreign employees, (c) how long it will take to get your visa and how to start operations before you get it. You can check the business feasibility of your investment project here.
- Market Research helps you study and analyze industries, distribution channels, total addressable market and target niches for your products and services as well as identify potential business partners and investors.
- Entry Strategy helps you assess realistic market entry costs, estimate how much revenue your business could generate, identify the most suitable investment structuring and get familiar with US business practices (HR, negotiation, marketing, etc.).
- Entity Creation connects you with expert corporate lawyers to create your company and start business operations.
Depending on the maturity of your project, you may start with any of these four steps. If you need more information, please contact us to discuss your business needs in more details.
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As a first step before starting any investment, you should check the feasibility of your project in light of key financial, immigration and timeline aspects.
We have compiled the knowledge gained over the years by our market entry experts and lawyers to provide a quick and complete answer to business feasibility.
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Drafting a Business Plan: prepare a realistic assessment of costs, revenue and profit that may be generated by your company in the USA.
Choosing the right Investment Structure for a successful entry in the United States market:
A soft investment structure involving a local agent/distributor with some dedicated local staff or a simple representative office lowers upfront investment costs and offers an opportunity to test your products and/or services in the US market.
A corporate investment structure involving a foreign-owned company set up in the US State most relevant to run your business, a joint-venture with a local partner and/or a structure involving a Delaware holding company and operational entities in relevant US States.
Belaws experts assistance may also be requested for tax and IP protection matters.
United States Business Practices: get US cultural advice and tips, local human ressources strategies and other local practices such as payment terms, negotiation practices, etc.
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Belaws lawyers assist you with the creation of your entity in the United States as well as with your accounting, tax and compliance needs through our one stop service platform.
The most common vehicles to do business in Thailand are:
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
This is the most popular vehicle to do business in the United States. Operational and legal formalities are reduced to the minimum, LLCs are pass-through for tax purposes and members liability is limited to contributed capital. Register and control your LLC online.
Corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp)
This is the most common business vehicle for investments involving multiple investors and several levels of corporate management and supervision. Liability of shareholders is limited to the amount of capital contributed to the company. Register and control your Corporation online.
Belaws is an international firm that provides access to legal, corporate, accounting and tax services through a one-stop platform with senior experts at a fixed price. Most of our lawyers work or have worked with top international law firms.
Company registration, corporate secretary (change of directors, share transfers, etc.) can be handled in just a few clicks with corporate experts and lawyers available to advise you when needed.
Belaws allows its clients to reduce the cost of their legal and routine work while overseeing their entire organization at a glance and keeping it all tidy.LEARN MORE
Belaws offers a full comprehensive approach from the beginning of your project to the structuring and ongoing legal, corporate, accounting and tax needs.
Thailand is the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia, based on strong and well diversified industries and services. However, the Thai market may not be easy to access, due to misleading information and lack of transparency.
Our market entry interface streamlines the commercial opportunities and eases access to the Thai market. Our network of experts from various industries, supported by our lawyers, ensure a pragmatic approach with the right balance between business opportunity and risk.
Market entry projects are treated by an expert with a proven track record.
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