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What is the relation between EB-5 derivative applicants and investment totals?

If the total number of EB-5 visas is reduced to reflect derivative applicants, why is the total direct investment in the program often quoted at a number close to $5 billion (10,000 visas at $500,000)? It seems like the per annum visa number would be closer to 3,400 versus 10,000 if family members are included, and the total direct investment closer to $1.7 billion versus $5 billion.

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    What is the essence of this question regarding the disputed set of facts? There is no relationship between the number of derivative applicants and the investment totals. For statistical purposes, the principal petitioners are the only ones who are counted. In the scheme of things, direct investments are vastly different from investments through regional centers (RCs). For clarification purposes, there is no use engaging in a statistical argument with a tendency for misstatements and confusion.

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    Actually there has been close to $20 billion invested in the past three fiscal years (39,000+ petitions filed at $500,000 each), yet only about $1.5 billion worth of green cards are actually issued annually. The rest, mainly Chinese, are in the waiting line.

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    The figure that you saw was not on an annualized basis, but was more of an aggregate general estimate for several years. You are correct that the investment would be made by the primary investor and therefore, there are not 10,000 primary investors each year, but somewhere closer to the 3,400 number that you mentioned.

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