2016 EB-5 Industry by the Numbers

12.29.16 | Archived

$2.4 Billion

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data, the EB-5 Program contributed $2.4 billion to U.S. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Q1-Q3 down from $3.2 billion during the same time period in 2015.



According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as of Q3 2016 there were a total of 19,406 pending I-526 petitions, which represents a 48% increase from this time last year. Yet, the total number of pending petitions continues to decrease from its all time high(21,988) in the first quarter of 2016.

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The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs released its revised Visa Bulletin for the month of January, revealing that for mainland-China born visa applicants, the cutoff date is March 8, 2014 moving up from the previous month’s bulletin.


As of December 6, 2016, USCIS has approved 865 regional centers. A full list of all approved Regional Center can be viewed here.


According to National Visa Center (NVC) statistics, as of November 2016, there were a total of 24,629 applications pending in the national visa office for the EB-5 visa category, representing a nearly 40% year-over-year increase from November 2015. Of the 24,629 EB-5 applicants on the waiting list 22,910 are from Mainland-China, which is 93% of all applicants.

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According to unofficial U.S. Department of State data, EB-5 visa usage of Mainland China applicants accounts for 76% of the total EB-5 visa usages in FY2016, an almost 10% decrease from FY 2015.



In the second quarter of FY2016, USCIS received 845 I-829 petition filings and 848 I-526 petitions. This was the first instance that amount of filings for I-829’s were nearly the same as I-526’s for any given quarter in EB-5 Program history.


In FY2016, approximately 334 EB-5 visas were used to Vietnamese EB-5 investors and their family members. Vietnam surpassed South Korea to become the second largest EB-5 investor markets in FY2016 in terms of visa usage.

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$3,675/$11,565/ $3,035

Earlier this year USCIS published a final rule in the federal register adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions, including the EB-5 Program. Under this final rule the fees increase by a weighted average of 21 percent and establish a new fee of $3,035 covering USCIS costs related to the processing of Form I-924A and increased fees for processing of Form I-526 and I-924. The new fees took effect 12/23/16.




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