New Department of State (DOS) FY2014 Statistics Reveals Important Trends in EB-5 Visa Usage, Market Diversification

12.23.14 | Archived

IIUSA Editorial Committee member Suzanne Lazicki put together an excellent chart revealing visa data according to immigrant investor origin (and percentage total) and visas issued to investors in direct vs. Regional Center investments. See below.

When we look more closely at the data, we notice that the number of EB5 investors from Mainland China continues to grow. In fact, in FY2014, 9,128 EB-5 visas or 85.4% of total visas went to Chinese applicants (versus 6,895 visas or 80.5% of the total in FY2013). In the Q3 Issue of the Regional Center Business Journal, IIUSA Policy Analyst Lee Li organized historical EB-5 visa usage data illustrating how demand from Chinese investors has driven the overall growth of the EB-5 Program over the past several years.

Aside from China, EB-5 investor demand is largest in South Korea, Mexico, Taiwan and Vietnam. With retrogression for China visa applicants predicted this fiscal year, EB-5 stakeholders should take heed of this important data.
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