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Why invest in the United States?

The United States is the world's largest economy with a GDP of over $15 trillion and a population and consumer market of more than 310 million people. The U.S. is a thriving market with a stable economic, political, and legal structure that offers a wealth of opportunities for foreign companies and investors.

The U.S. has significant natural resources, a healthy labor market, and solid industries that help support more than 310 million people with a median household income of $48,000, which is among the highest in the world's major developed countries. In short, the continued demand for products and services appears great.

Who are the Council of American States in Europe?

C.A.S.E. stands for the Council of American States in Europe, which was founded in 1971 in Brussels by two co-founding members to promote the United States as a destination for foreign companies to expand their business, in order for them to become local companies, employ local people and boost the economic development of local communities.

Today it has an active membership of 17 U.S. states with full-time offices in different European countries. It is the official state-supported organization in Europe, which provides initial information, answers questions and identifies professional service providers for those companies wanting to establish or expand business in the United States. Its members are the official European representatives of individual U.S. state governments.

What is the role of the Council of American States in Europe?

Generally we help European SME's, but can also provide assistance to larger companies that want to receive information on the setting up of a facility in the American market. This facility could be in the form of a production operation, a research and development facility, sales, warehouse and distribution center, or just a simple sales office. We can facilitate your project and help you source all of the necessary start-up information.

What are the costs of C.A.S.E Services?

Free of charge, with our compliments. C.A.S.E. is funded by the economic development operations of individual state governments with a vital interest in promoting investment from Europe. All C.A.S.E. services are absolutely confidential, free of charge and without any obligation to you.

Can you provide me with information on USA Taxation?

C.A.S.E (the Council of American States in Europe) realize that taxation is one of the key areas that interest a European company when looking at expansion to the USA. That is why each member state works with their own network of Certified Public Accountants (CPA's) who have both the language skills and expertise to advise you on how to structure your subsidiary. By working through C.A.S.E you can be sure that the CPAs we recommend understand the needs of European companies and specialize in assisting them with tax planning in the most efficient way in the USA.

What are the legal requirements for doing business in the United States?

The legal system in the United States can appear overwhelming at first glance principally because each state has its own unique set of laws, regulations, and administrative procedures. A licensed attorney can help you effectively navigate the system and is an essential part of any plan to establish a presence in the U.S.

What are the Visa Requirements?

Direct investments in the United States can be made without the requirement of a visa. If, however, you wish to manage your U.S. company or if qualified personnel need to be transferred from the parent company to the subsidiary, visas and often work permits become an important item to be considered.

The granting of visas is a federal issue and is administered exclusively by the U.S. government. Individual states do not have any jurisdiction in this domain. Members of C.A.S.E. may be able to assist marginally, but the decision to allow a foreigner to enter the U.S. for work, business travel or for leisure is entirely within the authority and responsibility of U.S. Federal agencies.

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