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More Brazilian Visa Applicants Good for Sarasota-Bradenton

Posted: April 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The United States Diplomatic Mission to Brazil processed 115,269 visa applications in March 2012, a 62% increase over the same month last year.

Why is this good for Sarasota-Bradenton?

Reports from local realtors and the press give the impression that many of the Brazilian visa recipients are visiting the Sarasota-Bradenton area.  With the booming Brazilian economy, many people from that country are looking for places to invest their wealth.  Brazilians are largely credited with turning the Miami condominium market around.  The same could happen on the Gulf Coast.

Consular Workload Brasilia Sao Paolo Rio de Janeiro Recife Total
Average Applicants per Day 757 2522 1563 476 5489
% Change from March 2011 61% 38% 84% 14% 54%
Visas Processed this Month 15,892 55,477 34,379 9,521 115,269
% Change from March 2011 69% 52% 103% 14% 62%
Visas Processed Year to Date 41,459 136,078 93,841 25,259 269,637
% Change from March 2011 42% 47% 106% 7% 56%
Current Wait Time for Visa Appointment


35 7 15 N/A


Foreign-Born Population in Sarasota and Manatee Grew 57% in Last 10 Years

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The “Sarasota Herald-Tribune” recently reported that during the last 10 years, the foreign-born population of Sarasota and Manatee counties increased by 57%.

One source mentioned on the article states,

“I’m pretty sure that when Florida comes out of this recession, it’s going to be a very different place,” according to Brad Edmondson, a demographic consultant who has studied Sarasota County. “Basically, the migration streams are changing, and have been changing for a while,” he adds.

The article points out that the influx of immigrants is not due to any single predominant source.

It states that demographers say this represents an economic development opportunity, because unlike other U.S. communities relying on a dominant industry, Southwest Florida has no single feeder country funneling immigrants to jobs. These new residents are largely coming by choice, and creating change with each arrival.

In Sarasota County, the migration from Mexico since 2000 has been 3,708 people, with South America and Europe virtually tied for second at 2,290 and 2,286, respectively.

Some nationalities have seen relatively dramatic increases.  According to the article, the number of Bangladeshis has increased from 7 to 90.

Sarasota County has also seen significant growth in the number of its French-speaking residents.

Based on Census data, the Haiti-born population tripled in the city over the decade and the France-born population more than doubled. There are now 487 Haitians and 221 French living in the city.

Here is a graphic provided by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that illustrates the new migration patterns.