Foreign Direct Investment

California is the No. 1 state for attracting foreign direct investment. Coupled with numerous investment opportunities and diverse industry clusters, the state is a desirable place for businesses to operate.

GO-Biz EB-5 Investor Visa Program

The State of California provides customized Targeted Employment Area (TEA) certifications for projects that qualify. Eligible TEAs include metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), counties, cities and census designated places (CDPs). They also include rural areas and individual census tracts with qualifying high unemployment that are not in already-designated metropolitan statistical areas, counties, cities or CDPs. (See below: “Certified List of Targeted Employment Area (TEA) in California.”) 

For more information, please see our EB-5 Program page. 

   California Investment      

       Setting Up Business in California- A Guide

       CA Business Investment Guide (English)

       CA Business Investment Guide (Chinese)


To showcase the world's premier business locations, SelectUSA at the federal level was established to supply businesses with easy access to federal-level programs and services related to business investment. 

For businesses looking for investment opportunities in the US, SelectUSA provides a litany of tools and resources:

In addition, the site offers a clickable map of the United States to direct our business visitors to individual states’ economic development agencies—their principal partners in the site selection process.

For more information, please visit the SelectUSA website or contact a commerce service office located near you.