Immigrant Business Guide

Immigrant entrepreneurship is the backbone of this country’s economy. In New York State, immigrant business owners account for 33.8% of all self-employed residents, contributing $7.2 billion in business income. While immigrants are more than twice as likely as U.S.-born citizens to start a business, there are few resources specifically dedicated to assisting immigrant business owners.

This guide has been developed for all aspiring and current immigrant entrepreneurs, regardless of immigration status, to help you understand your options for starting and operating your own business in New York State. This guide is provided as an overview and includes information to help you decide which type of business structure is right for you, what the requirements are for forming your business and some of the fees and taxes to expect so that you can stay open for business.

The business guide is available in 9 languages: 

English 

Spanish 

Arabic

Korean

Chinese 

French 

Bengali

Russian

Urdu

Need legal assistance?

Call the NYS Immigration Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 or view our directory of service providers here