There are multiple ways to enter and remain legally in the United States. Some people looking to establish a residence in California and elsewhere start a business, which may qualify them for investor visas. Those visas can come with a high price tag, however.
Under a pilot program, immigrant investor projects are operating out of regional centers that help private businesses pool investments from potential immigrant investors at $1 million or $500,000 per person. The regional center program is an extension of the 1990 program that encourages foreigners to come to California and other areas nationally to start their own businesses in return for investor visas that could be made permanent. The hook is that if they create 10 jobs in two years, their conditional status can become a green card permanent resident status.