INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES INTHE UNITED STATES-REPRESENTATION FOR OVERSEAS CLIENTS
How to start a business in US by the chamber
The U.S Minority Chamber of Commerce is here to help you start and expand your business with intelligence to Latin America, The Caribbean and Central Europe.
Active your new business we have the best options to have success with high level relations, training you with corporate business, taxes,incentives, location,human resources and the perfect place to start yourdream. Ifyou are interested in starting or re-locate orestablishing a restaurant, a retailstore orexhibitioncenter,as wellhave a nonprofit organization,let us helpyou dothat. We do all for you. We can provide the following services for your conveniences:
Incorporating: Articles of incorporation must be filed with the Secretary of State with our address in DC, Miami or Puerto Rico. Corporations Section. Open your corporation with Employer Identification Number (EIN), Dunn & Bradstreet, and all registration you need to start.
Office Address can be virtual, mailing or a trade desk in our centers with occupational licensee, open bank account and organize a grand opening in our demographics.
For Entrepreneurship U.S Visa Purpose: We prepare business plan for any kind of industry, and we connect you withtheright partner. Too many foreign entrepreneurs skipthis stepand operate just on their gut instincts.
Remember: Your energetic and visionary nature is certainly an asset in launching your own company, but be warned that failing to think through and write a plan–including your business concept, marketing, target customer, competition, pricing, operations, startup costs, a projected three-year financial statement, and other key elements–is the single reason that so many startup businesses fail.
At the U.S MCC we are ready to be a partner with you and to make easy the process. Through us we prepare yourLicensesand Permits,orpatent-trademark. We are youragent orrepresentative in the United States. We provide you U.S Custom, FDA, Department of Agriculture and Health to gain access to import to the United States.
We provide you small physical Office with dedicate number and mailing, or virtual offices to set up satellite locations or test new markets in various cities DC, Puerto Rico and Miami; more international companies are beginning to explore the benefits of entering the U.S. market via U.S Minority Chamber of commerce.
The advantage with us:
We provide a trade location with the support in all area of your business from the Chamber. Also, with database base of your industry – potential buyers for your products or services.
Any International companies can obtain prestigious corporate addresses in just about any center oftheU.SMCCintheUnitedStateswithagrowingnumberofvirtualofficeproviders–Weprepare a public relation and digital campaign about your entrance to the United States and we can provide you the support of a large platform of 250, 000 potential customer in the east coast of the United States.
We can provide you warehouse for distribution. Accounting services and conference centers for your business meetings in DC, Miami and Puerto Rico, with an official agenda with buyers, or potential partner to distribute your product.
If you are an exporter, o franchise, or to open your purchase center, this will be a unique
opportunitytofacilitytradeandinvestmentwiththeUnitedStatesfromlargecorporations. Ifyou are seeking maximum visibility with minimum expenditure to smaller businesses looking to enter the international marketplace, satellite offices in the U.S. seem essential and a great opportunity with the U.S Minority Chamber of Commerce.
THE ENTREPRENUERSHIP VISAS
TREATY TRADERS & INVESTORS (E1, E2 VISAS)
Treaty Trader and Investor visas offer nationals of countries with the requisite Treaties with the United States (*see below for a list of countries) the opportunity to come to the United States to work, direct and control a business that they have established. Although technically a temporary or nonimmigrant visa, the Treaty Trader or investor can expect to have the visa renewed for as long a period as the business continues in operations.
Furthermore, due to a recent change on the law, the spouse of a Treaty Trader or investor may obtain work authorization if the principal remains in status. An E-2 visa typically requires an investment of between $100,000-150,000.
In contrast to this, for an Immigrant investor, under the EB-5 Green card investor category an investment of at least $500,000 in a new business which creates at least 10 new full-time jobs is typically required.
To qualify as a Treaty Trader (E-1):
The term “trade” is defined to include commercial intercourse in goods and trade in services and technology. This includes banking, insurance, transportation, tourism, communications, data processing, advertising, accounting, design and engineering, management consulting, technology transfer, and other measurable services which can be traded.
To qualify as a Treaty Investor (E-2):
Must the trading company exist and/or the investment have been made before the visa can be issued? Are start-up businesses permitted? Yes. You can absolutely create a new business. However, in order to obtain the E-2 or E-1 you must show that you are in the process of making the substantial investment or have already Trade must already be established at the time of visa application. Investments, however, may be prospective, provided that the funds are irrevocably committed to the investment, such as in an escrow account, contingent only upon the issuance of the visa. Investment funds may come from any country, including the United States, if they are controlled by the investor applicant. Note, that just having deposited money in a bank account and presenting a business plan will normally not suffice.
What is a substantial amount of capital?
There is no fixed amount which is considered “substantial.” A substantial amount of capital constitutes that amount which is ample to ensure the investor’s financial commitment to the successful operation of the enterprise as measured by the proportionality test.
The proportionality test compares the total amount invested in the enterprise with the cost of establishing a viable enterprise of the nature contemplated or the amount of capital needed to purchase an existing enterprise.
Normally a minimum investment of $100,000 will be required, although this may be reduced if a certain business simply does not require such an investment. An absolute bare minimum of $75,000 will likely be required, although the rules envisage that $50,000 may be suitable in certain circumstances.
Of note is that different US Embassies, who process E-2 applications, seem to have different idea of what a substantial investment should be. Some prefer to see a minimum investment of $150,000. Furthermore, the investment may not be marginal.
This means that the investment must do more than just provide a living for the investor. This requirement is normally met by the employment of at least one US citizen or a business plan which clearly shows that the type of investment will necessarily employ US citizens.
Are joint ventures/partnerships permitted? Yes, provided that the business or individual investor applying for the visa can “develop and direct” the enterprise. The applicant is in such a position by controlling the enterprise through ownership of at least 50% of the business, possessing operational control through a marginal position or other corporate device, or by other means showing the applicant controls the enterprise.
How long may the Treaty Trader or Investor stay in the US?
The applicant must have the intention of departing the US upon conclusion of the commercial activities. Nevertheless, holders of E-visas may reside in the US if they continue to meet E-visa qualifications. A potentially indefinite stay is thus available.
Where do you apply for an E-2/E-1 visa?
Typically, the applicant will apply directly to the US Embassy in the country of their nationality or where they have a legal residence. Although it is possible to get E-2 or E-1 status from the USCIS in the United States, this is not normally advisable as once the applicant leaves the U.S, they will be required to re-submit the application from scratch at their local US Embassy. The US Embassy will not honor the E-2 change of status approval. This is one oddity of the E2/E-1 process.
Is a visa available to the applicant’s wife and children?
Yes. Spouses and children under age 21 qualify for derivative E-visas based on the principal
Can the spouse of E visa holder work? Can the children go to school?
Yes. Pursuant to recent changes in the law, dependent E-visa spouses are also allowed to work in the United States. They must however apply for work authorization once they arrive in the US. Minor children of E2 visa holders can also attend school without needing to obtain a student visa.
Countries that qualify for both E-1 & E-2 visas:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordon, Korea, Liberia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.
Significantly the L-1 visa category is not restricted to operations of a certain size, nor is it required that the overseas and US entities engage in the same type of business. A major advantage of the L-1 is that under certain circumstances an L-1 holder may be able to later obtain a Green card without going through the exhaustive Labor certification.
Furthermore, the spouse of an L-1 visa holder can obtain work authorization during their stay in the US. The L-1 visa can be obtained relatively quickly, often in less than a few months. However, to guarantee approval or determination of the petition within 15 days the applicant can pay an additional $1000 filing fee for premium or expedited processing.
OUR INTERNATIONAL OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVES
COLOMBIA: CARLOS ANDRES BARRIOS -PHONE(57) 301-254-8940
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HONDURAS: VERONICA ESPANA – PHONE (504)9457-1961
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC– EDMUNDO GIL PHONE (809)519-0965
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COSTA RICA – LUIS DUARTE -PHONE (506)8385-0291
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PUERTO RICO: JOSE MENDEZ (787)367-5391
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MIAMI: MARIA LOAISIGA PH (786)406-2190
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OUR BUSINESS CENTERS ADDRESS
Headquarter Puerto Rico Miami
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Washington DC 2006 PR-165, Guaynabo, 00968, Puerto Rico Miami Springs, FL 33166