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The EB-5 Program is very appealing to many prospective immigrants, especially those who do not qualify for any other visa. The $1,000,000 minimum investment, however, makes an EB-5 visa prohibitively expensive for most foreign nationals. Fortunately, there is an alternative that may make this program more affordable. By investing in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), the minimum EB-5 investment amount can be lowered to $500,000. This is a huge savings, and it can open up the EB-5 Program to many more potential investors. But in order to take advantage of this reduced investment option, petitioners and project administrators need to understand what a TEA is and, more importantly, how a TEA designation is to be obtained.