Nima KorpivaaraImmigration Attorney
TEA is calculated at the time of investment. The prevailing rule is that if the project was located in a TEA at the time of investment, and/or at the time of I-526 filing, the investment amount at $500,000 will qualify irrespective of whether or not the project no longer falls within a TEA in future years. TEA letters are issued by the local or state government, and are valid for one year at the time of issue. Please review the TEA letter carefully, as sometimes the local or state government will not use the most up-to-date unemployment figures. This has been a recent issue, and can cause a USCIS inquiry.