EB-5 Versus E-2
August 13th 2019
The E2 visa has allowed 352,076 foreigners to access the US over the last decade while the EB-5 brought 74,128. Over the same decade, E2 applicants invested between US$21 billion and US$42 billion whereas EB-5 participants invested US$29 billion.
41,181 received E2 visas while 9,602 participants got EB-5 visas in 2018.
Japan has the leading number of applications in terms of which country the applicants come from. In most years, Japanese citizens account for a third of total applicants. During the same period, 10% of applicants were German nationals. The other countries that make up the top 10 nationalities are Canadians, British, French, South Koreans, Mexicans, Italians, Spaniards, and Taiwanese.
The number of I-526 approvals multiplied by the average investment amount gives the IIUSA an approximation of revenues from the EB-5 program. There is no definite smallest investment required for the E2 visa. However, unofficially, US$150,000 is the minimum obligation. The majority of advisors recommend investments of at least US$200,000. The majority of programme participants are thought to put in US$2-400,000 investments to start or acquire a business.
In the recent past, the E2 visa brought more funds to the US depending on how you calculate the average investments for E2 businesses. Over the last decade, the programme brought in US$28 billion assuming an average of US$200,000 investment. An average of US$250,000 would give an FDI of US$35 billion while an average of US$300,000, would have brought in more than US$42 billion.