The investment can either be in an EB-5 regional center project or in an EB-5 regional center project. The investment may be in one location or several locations all starting at the same time.
Most entities that own and/or operate franchises may have certain requirements for investment. For example, some may require the investor already be a US citizen or permanent resident. Others may not have such requirements. Retaining an experienced EB5 attorney, like those at our law firm, can help you develop an approvable strategy for your US Immigration goals.
It will boil down to staffing needs based on location and anticipated volume of business. Think about it carefully. Will that business, in that location actually be able to support 10 full time positions? Most franchises depend on part-time workforces and that does NOT work for EB-5.
Also think of the amount of money ACTUALLY needed. If you want a location in a high traffic area with plenty of business to support the required number of employees, then a TEA location is likely ruled out. A location in the middle of no where (rural TEA) or a location in a high unemployment area (less business potential) likely would not support the required number of workers. If you have enough money to have more than one location open at the same time and are willing to go it on-your-own as the sole EB-5 investor (this still allows you take on non-EB-5 partners) then you stand a better chance with a franchise. Make it your own mini-chain.