As an international student on student visa in US can I sell goods online? if yes how?


Can I signup for a merchant/seller account of either Paypal, Google Checkout , Amazon Checkout using my credit card info and receive payments for the products sold online ? Would my credit card information suffice as far as setting up a merchant account for Paypal, google checkout goes? Is it legal to do so ? If not what is the legal or the correct way to do so? .
Thanks in anticipation of the help :)

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asked Mar 15 '11 at 04:39
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Your major legal issue is that while you can own a business, on a student visa you cannot work for it.

If you ignore that legal impediment, before you can set up a merchant account, you will need to (a) obtain an Employer Identification Number and (b) open a bank account.

You may find "Three Important Issues for Foreign Companies Coming to the U.S. " helpful.

Disclaimer: This information does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

answered Mar 15 '11 at 11:54
Dana Shultz
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I set up a merchant account on Paypal- I forget the exact requirements, but the fact that you're on a student visa is irrelevant.

answered Mar 15 '11 at 08:32
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