While the U.S. does not provide the liberal type of investor visas that are common in certain other countries, U.S. Immigration law does provide some options for investors. First, with respect to temporary visas, there is the E-2 treaty investor visa for individuals who are nationals of countries with certain treaties with the U.S., and who are investing a substantial amount of capital.
For immigrating permanently to the U.S., there is a special Immigrant Investor category for permanent residency. Individuals may qualify for employment creation immigrant visas if they seek to enter the United States for the purpose of establishing a new commercial enterprise. The investment must provide at least 10 full-time positions for U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the United States, or other immigrants with employment authorization. The minimum capital required is between $500,000 and $1,000,000, depending on the employment rate in the geographic area.