Step 8: Proof of TEA

If applicable, show that the new commercial enterprise has created or will create employment in a “targeted employment area”, the petition must be accompanied by:

In the case of rural areas:

  1. Evidence that the new commercial enterprise is principally doing business within a civil jurisdiction not located within any standard metropolitan statistical area as designated by the Office of Management and the Budget, or within any city of town having a population of 20,000 or more as based on the most recent U.S. census.

In the case of a high unemployment area:

  1. Evidence that the metropolitan statistical area, the specific county within a metropolitan statistical area, or the county in which a city or town with a population of 20,000 or more is located, in which the new commercial enterprise is principally doing business has experienced an average unemployment rate of 150 percent of the national average; or
  2. A letter from an authorized body of the government of the state in which the new commercial enterprise is located which certifies that the geographic or political subdivision of the metropolitan statistical area, or of the city or town with a population of 20,000 or more in which the new commercial enterprise is doing business has been designated a high unemployment area.