EB-5 Visa Stats by Country

The U.S. Department of State website has finally published the Report of the Visa Office 2011. The data is old news by now, but I still enjoy looking at the table that details EB-5 visas and status adjustments by country and type of investment. Now we know that in all the world in FY2011, only one Chinese investor and up to four Dutch took advantage of a Regional Center offering at the $1 million level. During the same period, there were over three thousand visas/adjustments in connection with Regional Center TEA/$500,000  investments. Stand-alone (non-Regional Center) EB-5 investments included a relatively large percentage at the $1 million level, with 230 visas associated with investments outside of TEAs as compared with 152 visas associated with TEA/$500,000 investments. Props to the lone Australian who is the only person in all of Oceania to have gotten an EB-5 visa in FY2011, and who didn’t even add spouse/children to the visa count. The total number of EB-5 visas issued nearly doubled between 2010 and 2011 and is projected to nearly double again in 2012 according to a State Department estimate. The annual limit for EB-5 is approximately 10,000 visas (7.1% of the total 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas.) Changing the visa allocation would require an Act of Congress.

The following charts summarize data from the FY2010 and FY2011 reports from the State Department Visa Office as well as the preliminary data for FY2012 reported to AILA in July 2012.

EB-5 visas issued and adjustments of status, by region
FY 2012 as of 06/2012 FY 2011 FY 2010
Asia

4,220

3,035

1,358

Europe

211

289

North America

89

111

South America

82

81

45

Africa

46

58

Oceana

1

24

Grand Total

(Estimate for FY 2012: 6,200)

3,463

1,885

EB-5 visas issued and adjustments of status, by foreign state chargeability
Country FY 2011
China-mainland born

2,408

Korea, South

254

China-Taiwan born

122

Iran

117

Great Britain

57

Mexico

53

Venezuela

46

India

37

Russia

30

Vietnam

26

Canada

26

Netherlands

26

Japan

20

Turkey

20

South Africa

19

Italy

16

Brazil

16

Germany

15

Egypt

12

France

10

All other countries

133

Total

3,463

About Suzanne (www.lucidtext.com)
Suzanne Lazicki is a business plan writer, EB-5 expert, and founder of Lucid Professional Writing.

2 Responses to EB-5 Visa Stats by Country

  1. Pingback: EB-5 Visa Stats by Country « EB-5 Updates | EB5 for Developers

  2. Philip Salisbury says:

    Any comments from anybody about the posted I-485 CSC times which never seem to progress? Its still showing 8 March 2011 like it did last month

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