NewsFlash! Court Nixes EB5 Rule, Reinstates Minimum Investment Requirement of $500,000

A federal judge in California has struck down the 2019 regulation that made numerous changes to the EB5 immigrant investor visa program, most notably a sizable increase in the minimum investment requirement. Under the 2019 rule, the minimum investment increased to $1.8 million for standard investments, and $900,000 for investments made in a targeted employment area (TEA). A TEA is a rural area or area of high unemployment. The minimum investment requirements now return to $1 million for a standard investment or $500,000 for an investment made in a TEA.

At this point, it is unclear how long this reduced investment requirement will remain in place. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may appeal the decision. Or, the DHS could correct the procedural error that doomed the 2019 regulation and properly re-implement it.

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