Yes, you can certainly apply for US immigrant and non-immigrant visas if you have acquired a passport through citizen by investment program.  You must apply for any US visa at any nearest US consulate. Be sure to check the eligibility for visas before you apply. Refer to entry ban and covid travel bans on certain country nationals.

More than 10 countries operate CBI passport programs. These countries are St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Turkey, Malta, Montenegro, Vanuatu, Bulgaria, Jordan, Egypt.

Here is a quick summary of what you should know..

  • Malta has the visa free entry to US through the VWP waiver program.
  • No Caribbean nation that run CBI has visa waiver entry to US.
  • Only 5 CBI nations have E-2 visa treaty entered with United States.
  • Vanuatu citizens require a US visa.

These are the most popular US visa categories

  • B-1 – Business visa
  • B-2 – Tourism, vacation
  • K – Fiance and spouse of US citizen
  • L – Intra company transferee
  • E – Employment based visas
  • I – Treaty trader / investor

US Visa Categories

We have compiled full list of US visa categories.

Non-Immigrant Visas

Purpose of TravelVisa CategoryRequired: Before applying for visa*
Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only)B-1(NA)
Au pair (exchange visitor)JSEVIS
Australian professional specialtyE-3DOL
Border Crossing Card: MexicoBCC(NA)
Business visitorB-1(NA)
CNMI-only transitional workerCW-1(USCIS)
Diplomat or foreign government official(NA)
Domestic employee or nanny – must be accompanying a foreign national employerB-1(NA)
Employee of a designated international organization or NATO  G1-G5, NATO(NA)
Exchange visitorJSEVIS
Foreign military personnel stationed in the United StatesA-2
Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or AthleticsOUSCIS
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional:
Chile, Singapore
H-1B1 – Chile
H-1B1 – Singapore
International cultural exchange visitorQUSCIS
Intra-company transfereeLUSCIS
Medical treatment, visitor forB-2(NA)
Media, journalistI(NA)
NAFTA professional worker: Mexico, CanadaTN/TD(NA)
Performing athlete, artist, entertainerPUSCIS
PhysicianJ , H-1BSEVIS
Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)JSEVIS
Religious workerRUSCIS
Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledgeH-1BDOL then USCIS
Student: academic, vocationalF, MSEVIS
Temporary agricultural workerH-2ADOL then USCIS
Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.H-2BDOL then USCIS
Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitorB-2(NA)
Training in a program not primarily for employmentH-3USCIS
Treaty trader/treaty investorE(NA)
Transiting the United StatesC(NA)
Victim of Criminal ActivityUUSCIS
Victim of Human TraffickingTUSCIS
Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)V(NA)
Renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO Visas (NA)

*What the abbreviations above mean – Before applying for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the following is required:

  • DOL = The U.S. employer must obtain foreign labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, prior to filing a petition with USCIS.
  • USCIS = U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approval of a petition or application (The required petition or application depends on the visa category you plan to apply for.)
  • SEVIS = Program approval entered in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • (NA) = Not Applicable – Additional approval by another U.S. government agency is not required prior to applying for a visa

Immigrant Visas

Immediate Relative & Family SponsoredVisa Category
Spouse of a U.S. CitizenIR1, CR1
Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petitionK-3 *
Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S.K-1 *
Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. CitizensIR3, IH3, IR4, IH4
Certain Family Members of U.S. CitizensIR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, F4
Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent ResidentsF2A, F2B
Employer Sponsored – Employment
Employment-Based Immigrants, including  (preference group):

  • Priority workers [First]
  • Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability [Second]
  • Professionals and Other Workers [Third]
  • Employment Creation/Investors [Fifth]
  • Certain Special Immigrants: [Fourth]



E3, EW3

C5, T5, R5, I5

S (many**)

Religious WorkersSD, SR
Iraqi and Afghan Translators/InterpretersSI
Iraqis Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. GovernmentSQ
Afghans Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. GovernmentSQ
Other Immigrants
Diversity Immigrant VisaDV
Returning ResidentSB

For more information about visa categories, please refer to the state department website