January 25, 2024
"For many of us this was our portal to another world. After entering, we never looked back."
For 8+ years SimpleCitizen has been making the immigration process easier and more affordable by streamlining the common hassles and headaches that are often associated with traditional immigration service providers. Developed with immigrants’ needs in mind and perfected by a team of world class innovators, engineers, and immigration attorneys, our award winning software is intuitive and easy to use.
Founded in 2015, SimpleCitizen is a digital immigration and visa solution designed to streamline the pathway to citizenship. Our straightforward process takes applicants from signup to completion, while saving them time and money along the way. Every day, the team works to help people find new opportunities, start new adventures and bring their families together.
The idea for SimpleCitizen was born in 2013 out of the personal experiences of two of the company’s co-founders. During the summer of 2013, Sam Stoddard (co-founder and CEO) married his wife, who's originally from South Korea, and experienced the complex USCIS immigration application process himself. They were told by an immigration lawyer that, even though their case was straightforward, the legal fees alone would still cost thousands of dollars.
As a tax accounting student at the time, rather than pay thousands of dollars, Sam attempted to tackle the 80+ pages of government forms himself. With his new wife’s immigration status on the line, he quickly realized how confusing and stressful the process is.
In early 2014, Aydé Soto Wright (co-founder and CTO) was working in software technology in Monterrey, Mexico. She made the life-changing decision to marry her husband (Utah-native) and move to the United States to start their life together. She was quickly overwhelmed by the hundreds of pages of paperwork and immigration laws she had to navigate. On top of that, she was just starting to learn English and there were no resources for a Spanish speaker. As a technologist and software engineer, Aydé thought, “¡Tiene que haber una manera más fácil de hacer esto si usamos tecnología!” (there’s got to be an easier way to do this if we use technology!).
The first-hand experiences from both Aydé and Sam, inspired each of them to create a simpler, tech-enabled way for people to navigate the immigration process and access professional services – similar to how millions of people prepare their tax filing each year online. They soon joined forces, adding their third co-founder, Brady Stoddard who was an experienced product designer and marketer. They built and launched the first version of the SimpleCitizen software in the summer of 2015. Since then the company has grown to support customers and employees around the world. Read more about their story in the press highlights below.
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