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How are rural areas defined in the EB-5 program?

What are considered rural areas in regards to the EB-5 program? For example, do small satellite cities or towns in large metropolitan areas count as rural?

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    If an area is part of a Metropolitan Statistical Area, it may not be counted as rural. We work with experienced EB-5 economists to determine TEA and rural area designations, and you should have a team working for you on this matter.

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    A rural area is specifically defined as a town, community or metropolitan statistical area with a population less than 20,000.

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    The USCIS defines a rural area as outside of a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and outside of any city or town with a population of at least 20,000. Be careful, because this is a double requirement.

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    For EB-5 purposes, rural areas are defined as outside the MSA (metropolitan statistical area) with populations less than 20,000 people.

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    A Targeted Employment Area based on the Rural designation requires the area to have a population of 20,000 people or less.

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