The United States welcomed 282 Brazilian immigrants last year through the EB-5 investor visa program, as the country rose to become the third largest user of EB-5 visas for the first time, a new report from the U.S. Department of State shows.
Brazilâ€™s rise to number three for fiscal year 2017 came on an 88 percent increase in new visas issued year-over-year. In 2015, just 34 EB-5 visas were issued to Brazilians.
Mainland Chinese nationals still dominate the program, which has become a key source of financing for high-end residential projects in New York City in recent years. Seventy-five percent ofÂ EB-5 visas, or more than 7,500, were awarded to mainlanders in 2017. The country with the second most visas was Vietnam, with 471 visas issued. That country has held the number two spot for three years, according to analyses of historical data from Suzanne Lazicki, a Utah-based EB-5 business plan writer.