SUMMARY CHART : IMMIGRATION OPTIONS FOR THOSE INVESTING IN THE UNITED STATES

 E-2L-1Regional Center EB-5Individual EB-5
Amount of InvestmentTypically over $100,000 (enough to capitalize the entity)No specified amountUsually $500,000$500,000 or $1,000,000
Initial Length of VisaUp to 5 years1 year initially2 year conditional permanent residence, then permanent residence2 year conditional permanent residence, then permanent residence
Maximum PeriodUnlimited extensions5 or 7 yearsPermanentPermanent
Special RequirementsMust be from treaty countryMust have worked for overseas entity one yearMust prove the source of fundsMust prove the source of funds
Must Create Jobs?A fewA fewPre-approved10 jobs required
Ability to Buy an Existing U.S. CompanyOKOKNoMust reorganize or expand 40%
Timing for Approval1 – 2 months average15 business days after filing2 – 6 months, plus green card wait6+ months, plus green card wait
Timing for Employment AuthorizationImmediateImmediate> 5 months> 9 months

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