Free EB-5 Project Evaluation What is a “rural” targeted employment area (TEA)?

For EB-5 purposes, “rural” means any area not located within a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and not located within a municipality that has a population of 20,000 or more people. If both requirements are met, the “rural” area grants investors the benefit of a lower minimum investment threshold—currently $500,000. The rural designation does not affect what type of new commercial enterprise (NCE) can be created, nor does it affect the minimum employment creation requirement of the program.