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  • Posted on:  29 March 2019

EB-5 visas for Indian investors increased more than three times. EB-5 program statistics in 2018.

The U.S. Department of State recently published the Report of the Visa Office for the 2018 fiscal year. The report indicates the number of visas issued for the EB-5 program by country.

The statistics indicate that the number of EB-5 visas being issued to applicants other than those from Mainland China grew significantly in the past year. While visas for investors from Mainland China still dominate in number, their percentage of total visas for the year has dramatically decreased.

On the other hand, the number of issued visas in other top countries increased. The number of Indian EB-5 investors has been growing steadily for the past ten years, and it may soon exceed the number of Vietnamese EB-5 investors, who take the second place in the list of the top EB-5 countries in the world. Indian investors made the most significant leap from only 1.7% of the total visas in FY 2017. Indian EB-5 visas increased more than three times to 6.1% in FY 2018.

 

Country

FY 2017
Total

FY 2017
Percentage

FY 2018
Total

FY 2018
Percentage

China (mainland born)

7,567

75.0%

4,642

48.3%

Vietnam

471

4.7%

693

7.2%

India

174

1.7%

585

6.1%

Korea, South

195

1.9%

531

5.5%

China (Taiwan born)

188

1.9%

452

4.7%

Brazil

282

2.8%

388

4.0%

Venezuela

108

1.1%

237

2.5%

Hong Kong S.A.R.

81

0.8%

200

2.1%

Mexico

85

0.8%

174

1.8%

Russia

115

1.1%

134

1.4%

Nigeria

89

0.9%

113

1.2%

Canada

55

0.5%

109

1.1%

Pakistan

22

0.2%

103

1.1%

South Africa

53

0.5%

91

0.9%

Great Britain and territories

82

0.8%

84

0.9%

 

The report helps to identify the next potentially significant EB-5 markets. Even though the numbers of issued visas from Mainland China still take a strong leadership position, the popularity of the EB-5 program in Vietnam, India, and other top countries is growing at a high rate.

According to IIUSA’s report “EB-5 Investor Market Analysis: India & the United Arab Emirates,”

Since the inception of the EB‐5 Regional Center Program in FY 1992, nearly 1,860 Indian investors have submitted their I‐526 petition to USCIS and invested in a variety of EB‐5 projects across the United States. They have contributed over $742 million in foreign direct investment to the U.S. economy. In FY2017 alone, IIUSA estimates that approximately $235 million EB‐5 funding was generated by the investors from India, a 66% growth over FY2016.


EB-5 visas for Indian investors increased more than three times. EB-5 program statistics in 2018 graphic


The United States attracts internationals seeking a better quality of life, a stable economy, more work and business opportunities, and a world-class education for their children.

The experienced American Corporate Services Law Offices, Inc. immigration attorneys will be happy to assist you in applying for an EB-5 investor visa.

 

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