EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa, administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), is available to immigrants seeking to enter the United States in order to invest in a new commercial enterprise that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs. There are two ways to invest in a commercial enterprise within the EB-5 program and they are: creating a new commercial enterprise or investing in a troubled business.

Business Oregon is the designated authority within the state of Oregon to certify geographic areas or political subdivisions that qualify as high unemployment areas, which, along with rural areas, are recognized as Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) in the EB-5 program. If the enterprise in which the immigrant investor invests in is located in a TEA, the required amount of capital from the immigrant investor to make a qualifying investment is $500,000, otherwise it is $1 million.

What are Targeted Employment Areas?

Targeted Employment Areas are areas that, at the time of investment, are located in a rural area or an area which has experienced unemployment of at least 150% of the national average rate, otherwise known as a high unemployment area. A rural area is any area not within either a metropolitan statistical area (as designated by the Office of Management and Budget) or the outer boundary of any city having a population of 20,000 or more. A high unemployment area is a geographic area or political subdivision located within a metropolitan statistical area, or within a city having a population of 20,000 or more, that, at the time of investment, has experienced unemployment of at least 150% of the national average rate.

TEAs in Oregon—maps and listings of counties, cities, census designated places and census tracts that currently qualify as TEAs in Oregon.

How do high unemployment areas get designated?

Business Oregon is the agency for the state of Oregon that is authorized to designate high unemployment areas. Cities, census designated places and census tracts located within metropolitan statistical areas that meet or exceed 150% of the national unemployment rate are automatically designated as high unemployment areas. Cities with populations of 20,000 or more located in rural areas are not TEAs unless the city, or parts of the city, meet or exceed the 150% national average unemployment rate, in which case, those areas also are designated as high unemployment areas.

TEAs in Oregon—maps and listings of counties, cities, census designated places and census tracts that currently qualify as TEAs in Oregon.

How can I get my area designated as a high unemployment area?

If the immigrant investor's enterprise is located in an area that meets the qualifications of a high unemployment area, Business Oregon can provide a letter that certifies the area as a designated high unemployment area. Learn more about the step-by-step process to request a certification letter.

How do I apply for an EB-5 visa?

Application is a 3-step process and is outlined on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Web site. Additionally, these regional centers are approved to manage EB-5 investments in Oregon.

Where can I find additional information?

U.S. government:

Local government:

Oregon private-sector resources: