2015 EB-5 Visa Statistics: A Closer Look At The Countries

EB-5 Visa Statistics for 2015: Immigrant Visas Issued by Country

Employment-based immigration: Fifth Preference EB-5

Visa for Direct Investor Visa for Direct Investor Visa for Regional Center Investor Visa for Regional Center Investor
5th Employment Creation 5th Target Employment Areas Regional Pilot Program Regional Target Areas
$1 million not in a targeted employment area (TEA) $500,000 in a targeted employment area (TEA) $1 million not in a targeted employment area (TEA) $500,000 in a targeted employment area (TEA) 5th Total Percentage
China Mainland 38 61 9 8,048 8,156 83.5%
Vietnam 4 4 272 280 2.9%
Taiwan 1 138 139 1.4%
South Korea 1 1 114 116 1.2%
India 3 6 102 111 1.1%
Russia 4 84 88 0.9%
Great Britain and territories 84 84 0.9%
Mexico 7 70 77 0.8%
Iran 62 62 0.6%
Canada 2 5 44 51 0.5%
Nigeria 45 45 0.5%
Hong Kong 1 36 37 0.4%
All other countries 5 13 2 551 571 5.9
Total 64 92 11 9,597 9,764 100%

 

*Data from: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/statistics/annual-reports/report-of-the-visa-office-2015.html (Section V Part 3: Employment Fifth and Totals, Grand Totals)

From the EB-5 visa statistics data, we can see that mainland China continues to dominate the EB-5 investor market, receiving more than 80% of the visas allocated for the EB-5 Program. Vietnam rose in 2015, overtaking South Korea's position, but their EB-5 markets are still extremely small compared to China's. And while many project developers are looking at these up and coming countries growing in the EB-5 market, like India, their small, 1.1% share doesn't make them real players quite yet. China continues to be the country for to look for new capital.

 

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