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How much investment money does it cost to get an EB-5 visa?

How much does the investment have to be? If it has to be between $500,000 and $1 million then why would people invest the greater amount?

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    Baoqin Wang

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You can invest $1m in any area. There are limitations in$500,000 investment - the investment must be in Targeted Employment Area.

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    David Hirson

    Immigration Attorney
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    This is a good question. The amount of the investment is determined by the location of the job creating enterprise. If the business is in a targeted employment area (TEA) then the base investment of $1 million may be reduced to $500,000. Clearly investors would prefer to invest the lower amount. However, the location will probably deteriorate the quality of the investment as it has to be in a rural area or a high unemployment area.(TEA).

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    Anthony Korda

    Immigration Attorney
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    The minimum amount of $500,000 applies only if the Project is located within a Targeted Employment Area or a Rural Area. For EB-5 projects that are not so located, the minimum investment amount is $1 million.

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    Boyd Campbell

    Immigration Attorney
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    Almost all EB-5 visa applicants invest the lower investment amount of $500,000. Very few invest $1 million.

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    Reza Rahbaran

    Immigration Attorney
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    The minimum capital investment threshold for an EB-5 visa is $500,000.00. USCIS splits EB-5 investor visas into 2 categories. Those within a targeted employment area (TEA) or rural area and those outside of a TEA or rural area. A TEA is an area that has been designated by a state body to have an unemployment rate of at least 150% above the US national average. 1. If the investor makes their investment within a TEA or rural area an investment of $500,000.00 or more is required. 2. If the investor makes their investment outside of a TEA or rural area an investment of $1,000,000.00 or more is required. This applies whether the investment is made through a regional center or directly. Although most regional center EB-5 projects require $500,000.00, an individual investor may choose to invest their capital into their own business. Under this scenario they may decide that they want to invest more than $500,000.00 even though their investment is located in a TEA and requires only $500,000.00.

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