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Opening a retail garment showroom in IL

Asked by: Jenny - 18 January, 2013
Hi! I am currently in India moving to USA on H4. I want to start a retail garment showroom in IL. What are the formalities required for the same?
Answered by: Robert Kowalski - 19 January, 2013
Jenny,

From wikipedia this is what I read about H-4 visas:

H-4 visa holders are not eligible to get a Social Security Number and cannot be employed, but they can hold a driver's license, open bank accounts, and get an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for US tax purposes.

So although you could form a company in the US and be listed as the owner, legally you would not be able to be employed by your business.

I would recommend you to consult an immigration attorney to see what options you have to obtain employment authorization maybe through your business.

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