Programs - EB5
In 1990 Congress created a program known as “EB-5”: the Immigrant Investor Program. Immigrants invest large sums of money in America and then the U.S. grants them an “EB-5” visa. This visa program is administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Through this program, the United States encourages international entrepreneurs to invest in America, developing American jobs and companies through the program. However, the program limits the number of visas they offer and the U.S. maintains conditions on whom may apply
The state has given Our Economic Development Division the authority to designate project sites as a Target Employment Area (TEA), a requirement within the application for smaller investment opportunities.
A simplified summary of the program:
- The investor must create or preserve at least 10 full time jobs within 2 years
- The investor must invest in a new commercial enterprise or
- The investor must invest at least 1 million U.S. Dollars
- The investor must devote 500 thousand Dollars in a high unemployment or rural zone
For more information please visit the USCIS Federal Website and contact the Houston’s economic development division.
For more information please contact us.
REQUEST A EB-5 (TEA) CERTIFICATIONEffective January 2014, in order to qualify for a TEA certification, the following requirements need to be met: The Census tract(s) and/or block group(s) used toward a contiguous or shared method designation cannot consist of more than 12 tracts within a 5-mile radius of the proposed site. For a map listing individual EB5 Census Tracts, EB5 Target Employment Areas-Houston Metro.