Getting an EB-5 project a targeted employment area (TEA) designation can be incredibly important for EB-5 investors. The required EB-5 investment amount is lowered from $1 million to $500,000 dollars if the EB-5 project is conducted in a targeted employment area. In order to be designated as a TEA, the EB-5 project must be located in either a rural area or in a location that has high unemployment. Targeted employment area designation is requested within the EB-5 investor’s I-526 petition. If you invest in a regional center, they will let you know if their projects are located in a TEA.