An E-2 visa would be needed.
The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently stated: "The Immigration and Nationality Act is a bit of a beast. It is not known for being warm or cuddly; words like "intricate" and "Byzantine" come more readily to mind. Nor is it known for being easy to understand; we have often re-marked on its fiendish complexity."
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.
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You may have different options depending on several factors. An E-2 investor's visa may be one of many possibilities but It's best to discuss in private with a business immigration attorney.
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Hi there - it certainly sounds like you have options. Our office (being in Toronto) deals with many Canadians in the same scenario. Feel free to contact myself or other qualified attorneys.
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