With three countries now in retrogression – China, India, and Vietnam – the US EB-5 is as popular as ever. In the 18 years between 2000 and 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued nearly 80,000 visas to main applicants and their family members. But application volume did not take off in earnest until ten years ago, when Mainland Chinese began applying in record numbers.
The largest applicant group by some distance, Chinese nationals account for about 70% of all-time EB-5 visas during the period. But their dominance of the EB-5 is a relatively recent phenomenon; prior to 2009, South Koreans were the most numerous group.
While the USCIS issued close to 10,000 visas in 2018, as late as in 2003 it issued fewer than 100, and did not pass the 1,000-mark until 2008.
Our dynamic bar chart shows how the volume and demographic make-up of EB-5 visa grants have changed drastically over the last two decades.
Want to know more about the US EB-5 program? To see statistics, recent articles, official links, and more, visit the US EB-5 Program Page.
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Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 14 years in the United States, China, and Spain.