Created by U.S. Congress in 1990, the fifth employment-based visa is available to immigrants seeking to enter the United States in order to invest in a new commercial enterprise that will benefit the US economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs. There are two ways to invest within the EB-5 category, creating a new commercial enterprise or investing in a troubled business. To qualify, one must invest or be in the process of investing at least $1,000,000. If the investment is in a designated Targeted Employment Area (TEA), the minimum investment requirement is $500,000. The N.C. Department of Commerce and the Division of Employment Security (formerly the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina or ESC) have developed a statewide system for identifying TEA to meet the criteria of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

For more information on North Carolina's TEA, please review the following documents:

Visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a list of current EB-5 (Immigrant Investor) Regional Centers.

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