E2 vs EB5 Investor Visa

1. Quick processing times – takes only 3 – 6 months to get the visa 1. Slow processing time – two to fourteen years
2. Investment –USD 100,000 upwards, depending on business involved. 2. Investment – USD 900,000 for regional centre projects, USD 1.8 million for direct investment option.
3. Investor has Control of Funds in the business – less stringent “due diligence” required. 3. No control of funds , since investment is in third-party projects – heavy “due diligence” required. Risk of loss.
4. Residency flexibility – less concern about maintaining domicile and physical presence. 4. Residency Requirement – Need to maintain “domicile” and rigid enforcement of residence rules
5. Immediate permission to work in the U.S., spouse can work anywhere, children can go to school and college at internal resident tuition rates. 5. Investor has to wait for at least 2-5 years before being permitted to work or travel to the U.S. & can do so only upon the I-526 being approved.
6. Low legal Cost – Roughly USD 10,000 – 20,000 6. High legal cost  – approximately USD 50,000 – 70,000 or more in fees
7. Possible tax advantages – as a non-immigrant resident if principal resident stays in USA not more than 122 days per year, no tax on worldwide income 7. Taxation on worldwide income of investor.
8. There is no per-country limit and no overall limit to the number of E2 visas that can be issued annually 8. Only 10,000 EB-5 visas can be issued worldwide in any given year, with no more than 7.1% to nationals of any one country. This can become a problem for nationals of some countries.
9. Less paperwork involved in visa application 9. More paperwork involved in visa application
1. Temporary Residence Status – Must work – passive investment not enough. Therefore must speak at least some English. 1. US permanent resident status
2. The immigrant investor’s U.S. presence is tied to the business success – must work. 2. No work requirement
3. Must renew the visa every 2-5 years, depending on country of passport 3. Renewal of usa residence permit cards every ten years.
4. No clear route from e2 visa to green card/ U.S. citizenship 4. Clear route to US citizenship.

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