China dominates issuance
The graph below illustrates the unrivaled dominance of investors from mainland China when it comes to EB-5 visas granted in the US. This also explains why Kushner Companies and many other major developers pitch projects anchored on EB-5 qualification – an aspect we had explored in the previous article.
Investors from China have been by far the largest participants of the EB-5 visa in the past five years. On average, 85% of all such visas granted in the past five years have been to investors born in mainland China as shown in the graph below.
Asian countries big beneficiaries
Asian countries in general have been the biggest beneficiaries of the program. From 2012 until 2014, four of the top five nations in terms of the number of EB-5 visas granted were from Asia. In the last two years, the top five list is comprised of only Asian nations.
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