Unfortunately, that is not going to work. To get a green card
through investment, you must invest $1,000,000 and create at least 10 jobs for U.S. workers. A smaller investment can be made of $500,000 if it is made in a rural or high unemployment area as designated by the U.S. government. Here is a link: http://www.uscis.gov/eb-5 There are other options, but they are not easy. I can recommend the E-2 treaty investor visa, for example. The problem is that while the law only says, "substantial investment", for the E-2 visa they usually look for around $200,000 or more. This is because anything less is a weak case that could easily fail. And they will not approve a visa for a business that they think will easily fail and you would end up being out of status. The reason I ask where you plan to invest is because if you go to a big city, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, etc., where most people want to live, the cost of living and doing business is much higher. If do not have a $200,000 investment but maybe you have $100,000 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 $100,000 or so investment would have a much better chance of succeeding in such a location. Usually attorneys do not take cases of E visas for less than a $200,000 investment 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:http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/e-2-treaty-investors If you own a business outside of the U.S. for more than 1 year and will continue to run that business, you can invest $100,000 or more in a U.S. business (doesn't have to be the same business, but must be related by ownership) and you can try for an L-1A
visa. Here is a link to that, but keep in mind that both businesses have to be run and should be successful. You can't just come to the U.S. and forget about the business outside and let it die: http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/l-1a-intracompany-transferee-executive-or-manager Interestingly enough, the L-1A can easily lead to a green card. Here is a link to that: http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration
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