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Does the Location of My Business Matter for EB-5 Investment?

By June 13, 2024EB-5 Visa
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When considering the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, the location of your business plays a crucial role depending on the amount you plan to invest. Understanding these nuances can help ensure your investment meets the program’s requirements and facilitates a smoother application process.

Investment Amounts and Their Implications

For those investing the higher amount of $1,050,000, the location of the business is not a determining factor. You have the flexibility to establish your business in any geographical area without the constraints of specific employment targets.

However, if you choose to invest the lower amount of $800,000, your business must be situated in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA). TEAs are designated based on either a high unemployment rate or location in a rural area. This designation is critical because the job creation requirement tied to your investment must occur within these areas. Therefore, simply relocating your business to a non-TEA area after starting the investment process is not permissible.

Why TEA Designation Matters

The purpose of the TEA designation is to channel investment into areas that need economic stimulation. By investing in a TEA, you contribute to job creation where it is most needed, thereby fulfilling the core objective of the EB-5 program. Compliance with these requirements not only supports economic development but also strengthens your application.  Moreover, if you are in a rural are or a high unemployment area, this could be crucial for priority dates.  For examples, there is a long delay for China and India if the business is not located in a TEA.


In summary, the location of your business is significant if you are investing the reduced amount of $800,000 in a TEA. For the higher investment threshold, you have more location flexibility. Understanding these distinctions is essential to align your business strategy with EB-5 requirements effectively.

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