If you can qualify, yes it would make more sense, but you have to be first from a country that has an E-2 treaty with the U.S. and second, you have to invest a substantial amount. The law doesn't define what "substantial" is, but most attorneys do not take E cases where the investment is less than $200,000 because they do not want to risk losing the case and having an upset client because the client has to have the money already invested and at risk and if it is denied, they have to try to sell the business or something to try to recoup their investment.
Here is a link to the E-2 if you want to read more:
If you have less than $200,000 to invest, the case could be at higher risk of denial. To have a chance, you would probably not be able to open the business in a big city, like Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, etc., where most people want to live because the cost of living and doing business is much higher. Ifyou have less than $200,000 and you still want to be successful, you may have to open the business in some small town in the middle of nowhere that has a very low cost of living and doing business, like maybe a small town in North or South Dakota, Utah, Nebraska, etc. This is because a smaller investment would have a much better chance of succeeding in such a location.
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