E2 Treaty Investor Visa Application of a Slovenian Citizen Approved Our client from Slovenia was on F-1 status and came to us during his OPT period. He sought our assistance in applying to change status from F-1 to E-2 Treaty Investor. Our client made a substantial investment in his own consulting company as well as in a cookie store franchise. His change of status application was approved and USCIS gave him a 2-year period of authorized stay on E-2 status. Prior to the expiration of the two-year period, he had to go back to Slovenia to visit family. We assisted him in applying for the visa at the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana in Slovenia. It should be noted that Embassies and Consulates are not bound by the decision of USCIS. An approval of a change of status application to E-2 does not guarantee the issuance of the E-2 visa and the E2 visa application will be treated as a new application.
Verdie J. Atienza is a Senior Attorney in charge of the firm’s L-1 and E-2 visa practice. He is a dual qualified lawyer in New York and in the Philippines and is qualified to practice immigration law in any state in the United States.