They're new to the table. The first billionaire investor to do that was John Templeton. He gave his US citizenship, after getting his 2nd passport from the UK and settled down in the Bahamas, thus paying no UK taxes as an ex-pat. He then visited family at home, as a British tourist in America. What a way to have your cake.
Gosh, well, I thought all those nice, wealthy, Chinese were up there in Bay Area setting the Real Estate market on Fire.
Always a bay area wet dream. There are 10,000 investment visa's available every year. Somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 get used. No one with serious money is going to go to the US and be subject to US taxes.
I don't consider 6000 apps with 3600 accepted out of 10k in the latest available year maxed out. EB-5 was a new program in 2006, there were 400 apps the whole year. Actually is was a totally rewritten program. The original eb-5 went back to 1990 but was so hard to use that no one bothered with it. Congress totally rewrote EB-5 in 2005. I don't have a clue why anyone at Barclay's would be dealing with eb-5's to start with (and I seriously doubt they do) but I don't think I'll banking with Barclay's if that's their understanding of the numbers.
EB-3 is Australians only. Average 2-3k visa's a year on a quota of 15k. That's maxed out? EB-3 isn't really an investment visa anyway. It's a special H1-B for Australians only that was part of the Australia free trade agreement. EB-4 is for religious workers for christ sakes, not investors. Where are you getting your information?
Why the fuck would anyone spend 3m for their kids to go to university in the US? No one in China has ever heard of a student visa? I doubt that. Last time I checked F-1 visas weren't even charged for.