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Rural TEA

California Rural TEA

The Definition of a RURAL TEA:

  1. An area not located within a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) as designated by the Office of Management and Budget;
  2. Or the outer boundary of any city or town having a population of 20,000 or more based on the most recent census.

What does a rural TEA mean for industry professionals and investors?

The RIA Act of 2022 created a unique set aside for areas designated as RURAL.

A project that is located in a rural TEA qualifies for priority processing of Form I-526 by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. These investors will qualify for set-aside visas from the rural TEA classification, which makes up 20% of the yearly allocation of EB-5 visas.

EB-5 MARKET IN CALIFORNIA: California is the top state in terms of EB-5 investments and most popular with foreign investors. As of May 2022, California has 158 approved regional centers listed by USCIS.

CALIFORNIA ECONOMY: California, known as The Golden State, is the most populous state in the U.S. and third largest by area. California is the biggest sub-national economy in the world. Its gross state product was $3 trillion in 2018, the largest in the country. The main industries are government, agriculture, film industry, technology, services and tourism.


  • Alpine County
    Amador County
    Calaveras County
    Colusa County
    Del Norte County
    Glenn County
    Humboldt County except for Eureka city
    Inyo County
    Lake County
    Lassen County
    Mariposa County
    Mendocino County
    Modoc County
    Mono County
    Nevada County
    Plumas County
    Sierra County
    Siskiyou County
    Tehama County
    Trinity County
    Tuolumne County


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