Los Angeles Times article revisits an old standby, the E-2 visa, aimed at small business entrepreneurs.
A few things to keep in mind about the article:
1) It discusses a $50,000 minimum investment, but that number was plucked from a now unpublished guidance memo. The minimum varies from consular office to consular office and the business being proposed, but oftentimes it is much higher than the $50,000.
2) The E-2 only works if the foreign national’s country has an E-2 treaty in place. Check this list from the US State Department to make sure you qualify: