TIL laws restricting Chinese people to merchant visas made many Chinese restaurants in the U.S. These visas were only for fancy shops and the person had to run it for a year. Some groups used all their cash to open a nice restaurant and then switch who ran it each year so that they’d all get visas.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/02/22/467113401/lo-mein-loophole-how-u-s-immigration-law-fueled-a-chinese-restaurant-boom

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  1. Yes and the 18 year old Chinese foreign student totally bought that $1.8M dollar house as their primary residence for their four-year program of study. Definitely NOT as an investment instrument for their family in China. Perish the thought.

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