Top 20 EB-5 Immigrant Investor Countries

By: Joseph M. Barnett, Esq.

The U.S. Department of State has announced visa statistics for the employment-based fifth-preference category (“EB-5”) for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016) in its Report of the Visa Office 2016.  A total of 8,505 EB-5 visas were issued by the U.S. Department of State in Fiscal Year 2016.

EB-5 immigrant visas have been issued to immigrant investors from over 50 countries.  The top 20 are as follows (ranked in order, from most to least):

  1. China – mainland born
  • Regional Center: 6,604
  • Direct EB-5: 364
  1. Vietnam
  • Regional Center: 278
  • Direct EB-5: 9
  1. South Korea
  • Regional Center: 188
  • Direct EB-5: 7
  1. China – Taiwan born
  • Regional Center: 168
  • Direct EB-5: 7
  1. India
  • Regional Center: 76
  • Direct EB-5: 14
  1. Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • Regional Center: 49
  • Direct EB-5: 4
  1. Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Regional Center: 52
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. Russia
  • Regional Center: 46
  • Direct EB-5: 5
  1. Brazil
  • Regional Center: 49
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. Egypt
  • Regional Center: 48
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. Nigeria
  • Regional Center: 38
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. Venezuela
  • Regional Center: 28
  • Direct EB-5: 4
  1. Iran
  • Regional Center: 24
  • Direct EB-5: 4
  1. Bangladesh
  • Regional Center: 28
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. Mexico
  • Regional Center: 27
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. Japan
  • Regional Center: 25
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. Canada
  • Regional Center: 24
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. South Africa
  • Regional Center: 21
  • Direct EB-5: 1
  1. Singapore
  • Regional Center: 21
  • Direct EB-5: 0
  1. Argentina
  • Regional Center: 18
  • Direct EB-5: 0

These statistics show that demand for an EB-5 visa through the EB-5 Regional Center Program continues to be greater than direct EB-5 investments.  They also demonstrate that, while nationals from other countries are beginning to be greater consumers for the EB-5 visa, China – mainland born nationals still dominate the program, with over 81% of EB-5 visas issued in Fiscal Year 2016.

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