Can anyone own .us domains?
No. There are restrictions in owning .us domains. If you are found ineligible to own .us domains there is a risk of the domain getting deleted.
Who can own .us domains?
“C11: United States citizen
C12: Permanent resident of the United States of America, or any of its insular areas
C21: A U.S.-based organization or company formed within one of the fifty (50) U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or any of the United States insular areas, or organized or otherwise constituted under the laws of a state of the United States of America, the District of Columbia or any of its insular areas, a U.S. federal, state, or local government entity or a political subdivision thereof.
C31: A foreign entity or organization that has a bona fide presence in the United States of America or any of its insular areas who regularly engages in lawful activities (e.g., sales of goods or services or other business, commercial or non-commercial, including not-for-profit relations in the United States).
C32: Entity has an office or other facility in the United States”
Above details are from Neustar.us which manages .us domains.
If you don’t fit in any of the criteria and plan to acquire .us domains, you should atleast find a business partner who is eligible to own .us domains before proceeding.
Some other cctlds also have restrictions to own. Do proper research.