As home to some of the world’s top investor visa lawyers, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP provides counsel to foreign business professionals and high net worth individuals regarding their options for U.S. residence or visas through investment, including acquiring citizenship by investment in a treaty country. The E-2 and EB-5 investor visas are two such options, and while both can ultimately be a gateway to citizenship, they lead the investor on very different paths.
Interest in the E-2 visa option has grown in recent years, due to significant quota backlogs for EB-5 visas. Investors born in China are particularly attracted to the E-2 option, as it can take at least a decade to go through the EB-5 application process in their native country.
This infographic illustrates the key differences between the E-2 and the EB-5.
Investment in an E-2 business can be used as a down payment toward an EB-5, and some foreign investors find that the E-2 is a good way to spend time in the U.S. while they wait for their EB-5 petition to be addressed. For others, the E-2 offers enough advantages that they find it unnecessary to go through the EB-5 application process at all.