Maps of Targeted Employment Area Census Tracts
Unfortunately, we do not have maps showing which Census Tracts qualify as TEAs. However, you can find Census 2010 Tract maps in PDF format for Illinois counties at the Census Bureau Web site http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/2010ref/st17_tract.html
Where can I find the latest metropolitan area delineations for Illinois?
Where can I find out which Illinois rural or non-metro
areas qualify as Targeted Employment Areas?
According to EB-5 program requirements, rural areas
are areas that are located outside a metropolitan statistical area and outside a
city or town located in a non-metro area with a population of at least 20,000.
Rural areas automatically qualify as Targeted Employment Areas. However, states
are not allowed to certify rural or non-metro areas as TEAs, according to
USCIS. IDES is only permitted to certify high unemployment TEAs located
in metro areas.
There are currently four Illinois communities located in
rural counties that have a population of at least 20,000, including Charleston
(Coles County) Freeport (Stephenson County), Galesburg (Knox County) and Quincy
(Adams County). EB-5 projects located within any of these four
communities must be located in a high unemployment TEA.
Are there any geographic boundary requirements for high unemployment areas?
The boundaries of high unemployment areas that extend beyond the project area must be contiguous. The person or organization requesting a certification for a high unemployment area with boundaries that extend beyond the project area must provide a geographic description of the area, such as a list of Census Tract numbers. There is no limit on the number of Census Tracts that can be included in a TEA. However, we ask that you include only as many Census Tracts that are necessary to qualify the combined area as a TEA.
How can I find the Census Tract where my project is located?
After you enter the project street address, city, state, and, if available, Zip Code, a report will be created which includes the Census Tract number for the location. If you're unsuccessful in obtaining a Census Tract number using the address search tool, then you may be able to find it using Census Tract maps at Census Bureau Web site http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/2010ref/st17_tract.html
Do you provide assistance in creating the boundaries for TEAs that include multiple Census Tracts?
We do not assist with the creation of geographic boundaries for TEAs but we do provide instructions for using resources on our Web site as well as the Census Bureau Web site to identify TEAs and create your own combined area TEAs. Please see our TEA tips document
Do you accept data from other sources to certify areas as TEAs?
No, we do not accept data from other, third-party sources, such as Impact Data Source, to certify areas as TEAs. Those who submit TEA certification requests to us must use the worksheet reports in the Eligible High Unemployment Areas drop-down menu on this Web page to identify TEAs.
What should be provided to IDES in a high unemployment area certification request?
The request should include:
- The physical address for the project location;
- The name (Mr./Ms.), title, organization and address for the person to whom the certification letter should be addressed (usually an investor or a third-party representative);
- A description of the geography for high unemployment areas that extend beyond the area where the project is located. For example, you can provide a list of numbers for Census Tracts that are included in the high unemployment area; and
- Indication whether the certification letter is for a new project or an existing one which requires a renewal
To whom should the high unemployment certification letter requests be submitted?
We will normally respond to requests within 5-10 business days. You will be notified by email if we determine that the project does not fall within in a high unemployment area. If we determine that the project is located within a high unemployment area, then you will be sent a signed certification letter in PDF format via email that can be provided to USCIS. USCIS will accept signed copies of certification letters. Also, please note that certification letters provided by IDES are not binding. USCIS can accept or reject any state-issued high unemployment certification.
Do you include expiration dates in your TEA certification letters?
No, we do not include expiration dates in our TEA certification letters. There is no statutory basis for including expiration dates in TEA certification letters, according to USCIS. TEA certifications letters can of course be renewed.
Questions about TEAs can be sent to the email address above. You may also call (312) 793-5896.