Question from Ken:
I am a European Citizen and our Company just opened up an LLC in USA.
The Company wants to make me President of the LLC in USA (As a start we have 2 US citzens working at the moment).
I will still be living in Europe, but visiting customers and our office 6-10 times per year (I have been 30+ times in USA the last 5 years). Besides being the President of the US LLC, I will still keep my current role as Export manager for the Company (we export Worldwide). I will receive 100% of my salary from our European office.
Do I need a visa to be able to be the "president" of the LLC?
And if I don't am I allowed to sign contracts on behalf of the US LLC, and can I have a business Card from the US LLC?
I believe that you don't need a visa for being the "president" of your LLC. Basically, a foreign national can own an interest in a U.S. LLC without being a resident or being a visa holder.
If you are actively working in the business, you do need a work visa. But I think the law is not clear on what means "actively working in the business".
As for signing contracts, my understanding is that it doesn't constitute "employment" in the USA. So I think signing contracts on behalf of the US LLC should be fine, plus you can have a business card from the US LLC.
I am not a lawyer and am just providing some suggestion here. Hope that helps.