E-2 Visa Applications – Case Study

Client’s Issue or Problem

Client was denied a visa through the consulate on 2 occasions when he had another firm assist him with the E-2 applications. The Client had approved statuses in the US for E-2 status given that he had applied from within the US when he was a visitor to change his status to the E-2.

However, Client was unaware that leaving the US would effectually end his E-2 status and Client was subsequently denied entry to the US despite his approval notice indicating that he had more than a year left on his E-2 status.

Our Solution (Type of Visa/Action Recommended, What We Did)

We realized that the only way that this Client’s problem can be resolved, was to face the problem head-on and apply for the E-2 through the Consulate that refused him twice before. The Client still had an active business in the US and was anxious to get back to it. We looked at the previous applications that were denied, and assessed what their weak points were.

We came up with a plan of attack to overcome the weak points, and submitted a new application to the consulate and prepared the Client as to what the Consular Officer may ask at the interview


The Client was successful in attaining an E-2 visa for a five (5) year period. We are grateful that he has since referred two clients to our firm.


About Fadi Minawi

Fadi primarily practices in US Immigration Law. He assists with matters relating to business immigration (including: relocation, expansion, investments, and work visas), litigation, admissibility issues, customs forfeitures and other cross-border issues. Fadi is also a criminal defense attorney and can assist with criminal matters in the US. Read more

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