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Post-COVID Foreign Investment Trends in the United States: A Closer Look

Post-COVID Foreign Investment Trends in the United States: A Closer Look

By Visa Business Plans

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has witnessed a remarkable resurgence in foreign investments. According to The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Investment Trends Monitor, the U.S. is considered the "largest host economy," with foreign investments soaring by an astounding 114% to reach $323 billion in 2021. As international investors return to the U.S., new trends are emerging, and familiar hotspots are making a comeback. In this blog, we delve into the post-COVID foreign investment landscape, highlighting the areas that are capturing attention, and the enduring appeal of coastal regions like California, New York City, and Florida.

Post-COVID Investment Resurgence

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global economies and reshaped investment patterns. While some investors pulled back temporarily, trends show they made a strong return to the United States. This surge in foreign investment is a testament to the resilience and attractiveness of the U.S. market.

Emerging Trends in Secondary Cities

While traditional metropolises like New York and Los Angeles remain significant, secondary cities are gaining momentum. In the United States, the Mountain West outperformed last year's Sunbelt cities, with Salt Lake City, Boise, and Spokane drawing attention due to their lower costs of living, robust economies, and quality of life. These cities are becoming investment hotspots, offering opportunities for both international and domestic investors.

The Resilience of Coastal Areas

Coastal regions, including California, New York City, and Florida, continue to be major magnets for foreign investors. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, these areas remain top draws due to their enduring appeal. New York City's financial hub, California's technology and entertainment industries, and Florida's lifestyle and tourism sector maintain their allure for international investors.

The Role of Real Estate

Real estate investments are a prominent choice for foreign investors in the U.S. Residential properties, commercial spaces, and rental properties offer a diversified portfolio that aligns with long-term financial and immigration goals. If you are an investor looking to invest in the real estate sector in connection with your E-2 or EB-5 visa, give us a call. We have helped thousands of entrepreneurs establish themselves in the U.S. while securing their investments and future.


Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.

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