EB-5 Programs require a USD $1,000,000 investment in metro areas. EB-5 Programs require a USD $500,000 investment in a TEA or Rural Area. A TEA is described as any area located within a city or town of more than 20,000 population or an area located within a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) whose local area unemployment rate (LAUR) is 150% of the national unemployment rate. For projects located within a TEA, the minimum required investment amount is USD $500,000. For purposes of EB-5, a rural area is an area or city of less than 20,000 population, either of which are not located within an MSA. Any Rural Area “automatically qualifies” at the $500,000 investment level regardless of the area’s unemployment rate. Investment into a project that is not located within either a TEA or Rural Area is otherwise required to be $1 million per investor.
An EB-5 Program investment, either USD $1,000,000 or $500,000, must create, within two years, a combined total minimum of 10 permanent, full-time direct and indirect/induced U.S. jobs. Through a stringent due diligence process, investing through a project sponsored through NVEB-5 Regional Center helps assure that the project meets the minimum requirements set by the USCIS.
Due to NVEB-5’s designated geographic area, most NVEB-5 Projects are located in a TEA or Rural Area, thus requiring a $500,000.
For more information, visit: http://www.uscis.gov/