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[Q] Is a regional center program always TEA area and therefore require only $500,000 USD investment?


No, the two concepts are separate and different. An EB-5 project can be regional center based but require $1 Million USD investment. Any EB-5 project must be one of below four categories.

1. Non-regional center based and non-TEA: Only direct, full-time positions can count, and $1 Million USD investment required per each EB-5 investor.

2. Non-regional center based and TEA: Only direct, full-time positions can count, and $500,000 USD investment required per each EB-5 investor.

3. Regional center based and TEA: Direct, indirect and induced positions can count, and $500,000 USD investment required per each EB-5 investor.

4. Regional center based and non-TEA: Direct, indirect and induced positions can count, and $1 Million USD investment required per each EB-5 investor.

Having said this, almost all of regional center based EB-5 projects are TEA projects to take advantages of the benefits offered under both concepts.