Generally, an investor must invest at least $1 million in order to qualify for an EB-5 visa. If the investment is made in a geographical area known as a TEA (a targeted employment area), then an investment of $500,000 may be sufficient. Targeted employment areas are areas that generally have very high unemployment rates.
Any investor seeking an EB-5 visa should work with an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that the visa petition is submitted with all the appropriate accompanying documentation. This will include documentation of the source of the invested funds; demonstrating that the funds were obtained lawfully. It will also include specific information about the business investment, including how the investment will lead to the creation of at least 10 new jobs. The government agency that adjudicates EB-5 petitions (USCIS) will reject any petition that is not properly documented.