E2 vs EB5 Investor Visa
|E-2 INVESTOR VISA ADVANTAGES
||EB-5 INVESTOR VISA DISADVANTAGES
|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
|E-2 INVESTOR VISA DISADVANTAGES
||EB-5 INVESTOR VISA ADVANTAGES
|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.
eb5 investor visa | e2 investor visa