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Client Case Study: Securing an E-2 Visa in the Restaurant Design Industry

Client Case Study: Securing an E-2 Visa in the Restaurant Design Industry

When it comes to pursuing dreams and opportunities in the United States, the E-2 visa has become a beacon of hope for entrepreneurs worldwide. Our recent success story involves a dynamic client whose passion for restaurant design led them to not only achieve their American dream but also thrive in a competitive industry.

Our client, a visionary in the restaurant design industry, embarked on an ambitious venture to establish their firm in the United States. Specializing in an eclectic blend of branding, architecture, and interior design, the client sought to bring a unique perspective to the U.S. restaurant landscape. Their expertise spanned both the interior design and restaurant industries, making them a valuable asset to aspiring restaurateurs. However, the path to realizing this vision involved balancing the complex terrain of E-2 visa regulations and business principles. This is where our expertise came into play.

The Challenge: Demonstrating Viability for a Niche Business

To pursue their dream of establishing and expanding their restaurant design firm in the United States, our client sought the E-2 visa. This type of visa is designed for entrepreneurs and investors who want to develop and operate a business in the U.S. However, they faced a unique challenge.

The primary challenge was to demonstrate the viability and potential of a business that didn't require a high initial investment, typical in the consulting sector. Our client’s business model, while innovative, needed a strategic approach to highlight its capacity to significantly impact the U.S. market, a crucial aspect of E-2 visa approval.

Tailored Business Plan: The Key to Visa Approval

Recognizing the significance of a well-structured business plan in E-2 visa petitions, we worked closely with our client to craft a compelling case. Here are the key components of our approach:

• Demonstrating Essential Services: We emphasized how our client's restaurant design firm played a crucial role in the interior design and restaurant industries. Their expertise in branding and creating unique atmospheres for dining establishments set them apart as an essential service provider.

• Economic Impact: We presented a detailed analysis of how our client's business would positively impact the local economy, creating jobs and fostering growth in the restaurant industry.

• Expansion Plans: We outlined our client's expansion strategy, showcasing their commitment to growing their clients’ restaurants and investing in the U.S. This client growth included plans for opening new locations and hiring local talent.

• Financial Projections: We provided realistic financial projections, demonstrating that the business would generate sufficient revenue to support the client and their employees while complying with E-2 regulations.

Beyond Business Planning: Strategic Consulting and Risk Mitigation

Our role extended beyond business planning. We employed our proprietary 77-point quality control process, a result of 15 years of recording trends and challenges in E-2 visa applications. This process allowed us to identify and address any potential issues proactively, ensuring the client's business plan was robust, yet concise, and compliant with evolving visa regulations.

Conclusion: A Successful Visa Approval

The culmination of our efforts was a successful E-2 visa approval for our client. This achievement didn't just represent a visa stamp; it signified the realization of a dream to influence the U.S. restaurant industry with innovative design concepts. Our client's success story stands as a testament to the efficacy of our comprehensive approach, blending expert business planning with strategic consultancy to navigate the complexities of visa applications.


The information provided in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes. While we strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content, it should not be considered legal advice. Immigration laws and regulations are subject to change, and individual circumstances can vary widely. For personalized guidance and legal advice regarding your specific immigration situation, we strongly recommend consulting with a qualified immigration attorney who can provide you with tailored assistance and ensure compliance with current laws and regulations.


Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.


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