I hired a lawyer to apply for an E2 visa. We submitted all paperwork to the Consulate where I live, and after several weeks, the consulate called my lawyer to give us an appointment.
I went to the consulate just to find out that my visa was denied by the guy who reviewed my documents (not the guy who interviewed me, talk about "don't kill the messenger"). The reason, the money in the bank account is not "invested", "commited" or "at risk".
Since my business is a consulting business, I did not want to invest the money until I had permission to work in the US... now I am investing all the money, hiring two US Citizens, renting an office, etc... but I can't work, so my business can't really start opperations.
My concern here is if a re-application lowers my chances (after being denied once), or if when the consular officer reviews my case and sees that substantial money has been invested, employees have been hired, etc. he will accept the case... I am so worried about going "all-in" with my life's savings, just to be denied again... any denied-then-approved experiences out there?