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What is the minimum required amount of capital to be invested in order to apply for an EB-5 visa?

The minimum investment amount is contingent upon the project’s location. The  EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act (RIA)  updated the minimum investment to $1,050,000 USD and a reduced amount of $800,000 USD for projects in areas where job-creation is most needed, known as Targeted Employment Areas (TEA).

In the context of EB-5 investments,  a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) can be either a rural or urban area. A rural area is one that is not within a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or a town of over 20,000 inhabitants, while an urban area’s census tract must have an unemployment rate exceeding 150% of the national average to qualify as a TEA. 

A great benefit of a project in a Rural TEA is that the I-526E Immigrant Petitions are granted priority processing by the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act (RIA). We are starting to see I-526E approvals of rural project investors in  as little as 4 months .  

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