Starting your US Immigration process with the E2 and later converting the business to an EB5 investment is a possible strategy. I-526 petitions can take up to and in excess of 12 months to be processed, and these timelines can vary. Of course, the E2 processing times can vary as well.
Arranging a consultation with a qualified EB-5 attorney such as those at BESHARA P.A. can help you develop the best strategy for your plans to possibly call the US your new home and to start your business, considering your financial situation, timelines, and other goals.
One can apply for an E-2 visa to enter the U.S within a couple of months and direct a U.S. business for a temporary period of time.The E-2 visa holder will have an intent to be in the U.S. only on a temporary basis, as an example from 2 to 5 years.
While the E-2 visa investor is in legal status in the U.S., the E-2 visa holder may prepare and file an EB-5 investor I-526 petition in order to be approved so that the E-2 visa holder may apply for EB-5 conditional permanent residency. The EB-5 process, filing of I-526 petition and obtaining conditional permanent residency, may take 12 months more or less.