E-2: A Bridge to EB-5

How E-2 visas can be a bridge to a permanent EB-5 visa?

The E-2 visa is a non-permanent treaty investor visa that can enable a family to live and work in the U.S. very quickly. It can later be used to transition to an EB-5 visa for permanent residency.

E-2 visa benefits

  • An E-2 visa can be acquired within 3 months.

  • It allows visa holders to live and work anywhere in the U.S.

  • Valid for 3 months to 5 years, depending on country of origin, with unlimited extensions.

  • Free public education for children in the U.S. and tuition savings at many universities.

  • May provide worldwide tax advantages.

E-2 requirements

Eligibility for an E-2 visa is restricted to citizens of certain treaty countries.

There is no specified investment amount, but it must be “substantial”—enough to successfully run the business, provide income for the investor and their family, and create American jobs. The investor must develop and run the business and have at least 50% ownership or operational control.

E-2 as a bridge to EB-5 permanent residency

One can use E-2 as a bridge to EB-5 as it allows them to enter the United States and establish their business while they are working on the EB-5 investment. This can be beneficial as it provides an individual with more time to raise the funds and meet the requirements for the EB-5 investment, and also allows them to manage their business while they are waiting for their EB-5 application to be processed.

The amount of E-2 investment and all additional capital invested into the business may later count toward the minimum EB-5 investment amount.

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