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Political Risk Insurance

OPIC reviews all potential projects to ensure they will have no negative impact on U.S. jobs or the U.S. economy.

This checklist will help you determine whether you and/or your company may be eligible to apply for OPIC Political Risk Insurance.


For an investment to be considered eligible, it must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Corporations established in the U.S. and more than 50% owned by U.S. citizens or corporations
  • Not-for-profits established in the U.S.
  • Entities established outside the U.S. at least 95% owned by U.S. citizens or corporations
Track Record

All projects must be within the demonstrated competence of the proposed management, which must have a proven record of success in the same or a closely related business. Supporting documentation to establish a proven track record may include financial statements and financial projections.

Country & Policy Criteria

OPIC is authorized to do business in more than 160 developing and post-conflict countries.  From time to time, statutory, policy, or portfolio constraints may limit the availability of OPIC programs in certain countries.  For more information, please visit Where We Work
Projects must exhibit positive host country benefit and comply with OPIC’s policies on U.S. economic impact, worker rights, human rights and the environment. For more information, visit Our Investment Policies.  


OPIC strongly encourages investors to consider the availability of private political risk insurance for their investments abroad as OPIC complements, but does not compete with, private political risk insurers. OPIC insurance is only available to projects where the investor is unable to find private political risk insurance at acceptable rates or terms.