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What is the difference between the EB-5 Program’s minimum investment thresholds of $500,000 and $1,000,000?

The smaller investment threshold of $500,000 is allowed for projects located within targeted employment areas (TEAs). A TEA is either (i) a rural area outside of a metropolitan statistical area with a population of less than 20,000 or (ii) an area experiencing an unemployment rate 50% greater than the national average unemployment rate. For any project not located within a TEA, the minimum investment is currently $1,000,000.