Dollar bills surround a yuan note. Some 32,000 Chinese nationals are in line for an EB-5 visa, with another estimated 17,000 waiting for their applications to be approved. The EB-5 visa program provides a U.S. green card to individuals investing at least $500,000 in a commercial enterprise that creates at least 10 U.S. jobs.
Chinese national applying today for a U.S. immigrant investor visa may not get one until 2035 at the earliest.
With more than 34,000 applicants in line for the roughly 10,000 EB-5 visas available each year—not counting the nearly 39,000 whose applications haven’t yet been approved—the average wait isn’t much better for the handful of other countries facing backlogs.
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