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Understanding EB-5 Investment Thresholds: How Much Do You Need to Invest?

By July 10, 2024EB-5 Visa
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The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a pathway to U.S. residency for investors who meet specific investment requirements. For those interested in this visa category, understanding the investment thresholds is crucial. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the investment amounts and the conditions under which they apply.

EB-5 Investment Amounts

Lower Investment Threshold: $800,000

To qualify for the lower investment threshold of $800,000, your investment must be in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA). A TEA can be classified as:

  1. Rural Area: An area with a low population density.
  2. High Unemployment Area: An area where the unemployment rate is at least 1.5 times the national average.

Determining whether an area qualifies as a TEA involves analyzing government census tracks, as the government is responsible for designating TEAs.

Higher Investment Threshold: $1,050,000

If your investment does not fall within a TEA, the required investment amount is $1,050,000. This amount is applicable to areas that do not meet the criteria for being rural or having high unemployment rates.

Importance of TEA Designation

The TEA designation is pivotal as it significantly reduces the required investment amount, making the EB-5 program more accessible. Investors should carefully assess potential business locations and utilize government resources to confirm TEA status.

Steps to Determine TEA Eligibility

  1. Research Government Census Data: Use census data to identify areas that qualify as rural or have high unemployment rates.
  2. Consult with Immigration Experts: Immigration attorneys and experts can provide guidance on navigating the TEA determination process and ensuring compliance with EB-5 requirements.


Understanding the investment thresholds for the EB-5 program is essential for potential investors. Whether you qualify for the $800,000 or the $1,050,000 threshold depends on the location of your investment. Thorough research and professional guidance can help ensure that you meet the necessary requirements and maximize your chances of obtaining U.S. residency through the EB-5 program.

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