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What is the difference between E-2 and EB-5 Visas?



The E-2 and EB-5 visas are both popular options for foreign investors looking to immigrate to the United States. However, there are some significant differences between the two visas that investors should be aware of.


The E-2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows foreign nationals from certain countries to enter the United States to invest in a U.S. business. To be eligible for an E-2 visa, investors must have a substantial amount of money invested in a U.S. business and must be coming to the United States to manage that business.


In contrast, the EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa that allows foreign investors to obtain a green card by investing in a new commercial enterprise in the United States. To be eligible for the EB-5 visa, investors must make a minimum investment of $1 million (or $500,000 in certain targeted employment areas) in a new commercial enterprise that will create at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.


One major difference between the two visas is the amount of investment required. The E-2 visa requires a substantial investment, but it does not have a set minimum amount. The EB-5 visa, on the other hand, requires a minimum investment of $1 million.


Another key difference is the length of time the visas are valid. The E-2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, meaning that it is valid for a limited amount of time. The visa can be renewed indefinitely as long as the investor continues to manage the business. The EB-5 visa, on the other hand, is an immigrant visa, meaning that it grants the investor and their immediate family permanent residency in the United States.


In conclusion, the E-2 and EB-5 visas are both options for foreign investors looking to enter the United States. However, there are significant differences between the two visas, including the amount of investment required and the length of time the visas are valid. Investors should carefully consider their options and consult with an immigration attorney before making a decision.


This is not legal advice. If you have questions regarding E-2 or EB-5 visas, please schedule a consultation by contacting our office at (202) 499-2403 or 1(833) CALLJKW (225-5559).

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