If you are an entrepreneur and have the ability to invest in or start a US business, there are two visa options that may be right for you: the EB-5 (Foreign Investor) Visa and the E-2 (Treaty Investor) Visa.
The foreign investor with a capital investment of $500,000 dollars, or more, who is willing to enter a business within a designated TEA (target employment area), which may be either a rural location or an area with a high unemployment rate, may be eligible for the EB-5 Visa.
Q: Does the foreign investor have to manage the business?
A: No. The investor does not need to personally oversee managing the business, and is able to hire a manger to oversee the operation. The investor can also choose to be a limited partner.
Q: Does the investment capital have to be all cash or can it include debt or intangible assets?
A: No. The investment does not have to be all cash. It can include a mix of cash, equipment, goods, other tangible assets (furniture, fixtures, & equipment), cash equivalents, and secured credit lines.