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SimpleCitizen for Business – Launching November 16, 2017

SimpleCitizen Launches End-to-End Business Visa Platform to Simplify International Hiring Process

The new platform will streamline the business visa process by providing simple & intuitive software that guides users through the immigration system.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Nov. 16, 2017)SimpleCitizen, the digital immigration & visa solution designed to streamline the pathway to citizenship, today announced the launch of "SimpleCitizen for Business," the first end-to-end platform designed to give businesses a simple way to gain visas for international hires. By streamlining the visa process, SimpleCitizen saves organizations time & money while allowing them the ability to recruit top talent from around the world.

"Businesses typically spend an extra $10,000-$15,000 in legal fees for every new international hire. That's why we're excited to unveil our new platform designed to make that process easier & less cost prohibitive than ever before," said Sam Stoddard, Co-founder & CEO of SimpleCitizen. "We've been working hard to automate the entire business visa process to save businesses thousands in legal fees & endless hours of paperwork. Our software is going to change the way businesses hire international talent."

SimpleCitizen's new platform is designed to automate every part of the business visa application process, from start to finish. Developed with the help of leading immigration attorneys spanning law firms across the country, this platform quickly fills out every piece of paperwork required for business visas by removing redundancies while also cutting out user error that can slow the process.

"The service that SimpleCitizen is providing is a first in our industry in terms of streamlining the case preparation process. Many companies have tried & failed to automate the immigration process," said Chad Graham, attorney at Graham Adair. "We've worked closely with SimpleCitizen to create it's easy-to-use platform & are looking forward to using it in our own practice."

Since the company's founding in 2016, SimpleCitizen – a Y Combinator graduate – has helped thousands of families save millions in legal fees. SimpleCitizen's immigration platform includes step-by-step guidance through the entire process until the visa or green card is in the customer's hand. The process typically costs more than $5,000 for application & attorney fees & months of waiting in the dark. SimpleCitizen takes control of the whole process for only $300.

SimpleCitizen also offers a professional attorney review of all forms, to give customers the peace of mind they need. The new platform will now offer that same guidance & simplification to businesses looking to gain visas for international employees.

"SimpleCitizen has given me the ability to come to the US to grow my company & create jobs," said Leon Chaddock, CEO of Sentiment.io, who recently used the platform to get his visa approved. "SimpleCitizen guided me through the whole process & made it so simple; I now use it across my entire company. I didn't have to waste years & thousands of dollars trying to get a visa; instead, I can now use that money to hire more employees & expand our operations here in the US."

The United States economy benefits greatly from immigration. According to the Partnership for a New American Economy, immigrants earned $1.3 trillion & contributed $105 billion in federal taxes in 2014. SimpleCitizen is playing a critical role in this necessary influx of workers by making immigration easier for individuals, families, & now businesses too.

"Since our initial launch, we've helped so many people take that step toward achieving the American dream, we're excited to now help businesses through the process to hire exceptional talent & improve their operations," said Sam Stoddard.

About SimpleCitizen

SimpleCitizen offers an affordable, easy-to-use online platform that streamlines the process of filing immigration & citizenship paperwork. It provides support through a robust member community & ensures accuracy through immigration attorney review & their extensive immigration experience.

SimpleCitizen placed first at StartMadness, in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, the Miller New Venture Challenge, & in the top 10 at the International Business Model Competition. SimpleCitizen is also an alumnus of the Y Combinator accelerator program. It is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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SimpleCitizen history

SimpleCitizen is TurboTax for immigration. This software was created, developed and perfected by a team of world class innovators, engineers and immigration attorneys.

Founded in 2014, SimpleCitizen is a digital immigration and visa solution designed to streamline the pathway to citizenship. As the only truly comprehensive solution, its 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.

What the press has to say about us:

TechCrunch

July 30, 2016

"We are going to be the online, go-to source for all things immigration."

Wired Magazine

November 6, 2015

"SimpleCitizen, a TurboTax for immigration, lets you skip the legal fees."

YCombinator

June 20, 2016

"How it works: SimpleCitizen is TurboTax for immigration."

San Francisco Chronicle

August 24, 2016

"SimpleCitizen is like TurboTax for immigration."

Above The Law

June 30, 2016

"It is easy to understand why YC recently invested in SimpleCitizen."

USA Today

September 18, 2015

"Things are Booming in the Beehive State."

Product Hunt

February 7, 2016

"Their name really says it all, it is SO simple."

Utah Business

May 12, 2016

"I set out to Create a tool, not just for myself, but for the millions of other immigrants."

BeehiveStartups

July 11, 2016

"...an alternate solution that is quicker, easier, & less expensive..."

Fast Company

August 11, 2016

"The platform guides users through their entire application"

Seattle Chinese Times

December 4, 2015

"Easier & cheaper option for US immigration application"

BeehiveStartups

July 27, 2016

"We want SimpleCitizen to become the household name..."

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    Sam Stoddard (CEO) graduated with a Masters of Accountancy degree from Brigham Young University in 2015. He has worked as a finance & accounting professional in positions at MX, Cencore LLC, & KPMG. Sam came up with the idea to create SimpleCitizen after going through the Green Card application with his wife in 2013.

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    Olivia & Nick

    I initially had my doubts about using a website to apply for a green card but it turned out to be awesome. I had no idea how to get started but SimpleCitizen walked me through the whole process and a week later my application showed up at my house all ready to go. All I had to do was sign it and then send it to the government. I have a lot of international friends and family and I always recommend SimpleCitizen to them. Great service!

    Alexis & Jennifer

    Al inicio tuve muchísimas dudas sobre como comenzar mi proceso de inmigración, luego como llenar toda la papelería que necesitaba o pensaba que necesitaba. – Una amiga me dijo de SimpleCitizen porque ella lo usó, y ya no tuve ni que pagar miles de dólares al abogado que me iba a ayudar y el servicio incluyó todo el llenado de mis formas, tradujeron mi acta de nacimiento gratis y me llegó el paquete a mi casa listo para firmar y enviar al gobierno!

    El servicio al cliente también excelente, nunca me dejaron sola, todo el tiempo contestaban mis dudas.

    Ampliamente recomiendo este servicio a la gente que necesita apoyo y asesoría para este tramite que se ha vuelto tan sencillo gracias a la tecnología y al equipo de profesionales.

    Ha & Mickey

    I honestly could not have done it without SimpleCitizen! After learning about the green card process, my wife and I were totally overwhelmed by all the paperwork needed to be done. That's when SimpleCitizen saved the day.

    The website and user interface make it easy for anyone to easily and successfully fill out their paperwork. SimpleCitizen has designed it so that you can swiftly finish all the paperwork you need by easily inputting information into pre-specified fields.

    Most importantly, SimpleCitizen mailed me my completed packet all in the correct order leaving me with the easiest step of all – mailing it in to the USCIS office!

    Kelly

    Very easy, friendly, efficient process. I love the packet they sent back to me.

    It arrived when they said it would..packaged nicely…in the proper order…I just had to sign it, attach pics and send. I sent it out the same day I received it from them…it was that ready. They even included an addressed envelope to send it in. And it was printed on very nice paper.

    I found the USCIS website very difficult to navigate and understand ( I have a Master's Degree), Simple Citizen was "simple" to understand.

    EunJoo

    I used SimpleCitizen to renew my green card which was 2-year conditional permanent residency. I answered all of the questions which only took me about 20 minutes. Gathering documents was time consuming but with SimpleCitizen's help, I was able to gather all of the required supporting documents. They double-checked my application with the licensed immigration attorney. Once it (assembling my application and the attorney review) was all done, they mailed me my application all ready to go. All I had to do was sign where it was marked with the sticky notes.

    Sandra

    I had a GREAT experience with simplecitizen. Super simple, easy, fast and very helpful! I highly recommend them!

    Hunter & Claudia

    I'm glad I stumbled on this service, it helped me save a few thousands of dollars of attorney fees. And also helped me submit forms that I didn't even know about. However the service is only to help you organize your documents and make sure you have all the needed papers. You need to stay on top of it and eventually submit your application yourself. which I believe as a citizen-to-be, this is an important exercise.

    The duration took a little longer than promised, but I was still satisfied with the quality of the service and the prompt communication. I would highly recommend.

    Joseph & Vivian

    So this is the first time I have made a review on a service and I just had to do it because this is by far the best service I have ever received in my entire life! All my thanks goes to the wonderful customer service rep that I have chatting with. ” Alexia ” I can't imagine how much better service I could have gotten. She answered all my questions with links to further educate me… All the questions I never could even get answered during my personal research. I'm so glad I came across simple citizen and very grateful that someone like Alexia was there to put me through! Thank you so much Simple citizen and Alexia.

    Changchang & John

    The software was easy to follow. Their employees were so nice and went the extra mile to make sure any concerns we had were resolved. It saved a lot of money and time.

    Customer Reviews on Google

    Chrystle Vila

    [This] Company needs 6 stars for being so helpful! The green card/changing status process can be overwhelming and SimpleCitizen made everything exactly that-simple and doable. I would have spent hundreds more if we chose to do it with a lawyer and as newly weds we didn't have that kind of money. I have a lot friends who are also international students and will definitely recommend them 100%.

    William Arbuckle

    My wife and I used SimpleCitizen to apply for her green card and had an excellent experience. They are like the TurboTax for green cards!

    Throughout the entire process we were impressed and grateful for the help and guidance that Sam and his team provided. They turned the complicated and confusing application/document requirements into an understandable and easy-to-follow process. Once we were waiting for a response from the Govt, we emailed Sam with questions that were always promptly responded to.

    I highly recommend SimpleCitizen to anyone who wants a user friendly experience that combines good technology and great customer service. Totally worth it and soooo much cheaper than paying an immigration lawyer!

    Yury Lifschits

    Using SimpleCitizen was a delight and the support from Sam (founder) was exceptional. I had 10/10 experience throughout the process. SimpleCitizen helps remove stress and uncertainty from this complex and painful process. I wish the company continuing success and will enthusiastically recommend it to everyone facing immigration paperwork in US.

    In particular, printing/mailing experience was fantastic. I've got the folder with everything neatly organized, from signing instructions and printed forms to a USCIS-bound envelope with all addresses filled in.

    Ace Hernandez

    SimpleCitizen is truly the best out there! Their thoroughness, work ethic, and attentiveness, are amazing. They truly made my green card application highly simple, and painless! My wife and I could not be any more pleased. The support, (emotional, and professional), we received from Sam, and the rest of the SimpleCitizen team, throughout the whole process, was just outstanding. They went the extra mile to ensure we received a great, simple, stress-free, painless experience, and for that, we are so grateful. They genuinely care about helping people! There are not many people out there, who do. You will not be disappointed.

    They have earned my absolute respect, as human beings, and as a company.

    And, did I mention, they are also allies of the LGBTQ community? This meant/means so much to my wife and I, and are so grateful for their support.

    I admire SimpleCitizen, for what they do, and definitely recommend them to anyone in need of help with their legalization process; not just because of what they can do for you, but also because they will make you feel human, and they are just a true joy!

    Eliska Rejmankova

    SimpleCitizen group has been very helpful throughout my whole Green Card application process. They would answer questions any time of the day or night. I recommend them to everyone who wants to have the Green Card application process as smooth as possible.

    Kelly Horton

    Very easy, friendly, efficient process. I love the packet they sent back to me.

    It arrived when they said it would, packaged nicely, in the proper order. I just had to sign it, attach pics and send. I sent it out the same day I received it from them... it was that ready! They even included an addressed envelope to send it in. And it was printed on very nice paper.

    I found the USCIS website very difficult to navigate and understand (I have a Master's Degree), Simple Citizen was "simple" to understand.

    Gabriela Castro

    Al inicio tuve muchísimas dudas sobre como comenzar mi proceso de inmigración, luego como llenar toda la papelería que necesitaba o pensaba que necesitaba. - Una amiga me dijo de SimpleCitizen porque ella lo usó, y ya no tuve que pagar miles de dólares al abogado que me iba a ayudar y el servicio en SimpleCitizen incluyó todo el llenado de mis formas, tradujeron mi acta de nacimiento gratis y me llegó el paquete a mi casa listo para firmar y enviar al gobierno!

    El servicio al cliente también excelente, nunca me dejaron sola, todo el tiempo contestaban mis dudas.

    Ampliamente recomiendo este servicio a la gente que necesita apoyo y asesoría para este tramite que se ha vuelto tan sencillo gracias a la tecnología y al equipo de profesionales.

    Alexander Hui

    I honestly could not have done it without SimpleCitizen!

    After learning about the green card process, my wife and I were totally overwhelmed by all the paperwork needed to be done. That's when SimpleCitizen saved the day. Sam, Brady, and Ayde were all super helpful throughout the entire process. Using SimpleCitizen literally saved me thousands of dollars!

    The website and user interface make it easy for anyone to easily and successfully fill out their paperwork. SimpleCitizen has designed it so that you can swiftly finish all the paperwork you need by easily inputting information into pre-specified fields.

    Most importantly, SimpleCitizen mailed me my completed packet all in the correct order leaving me with the easiest step of all - mailing it in to the USCIS office!

    All in all, the entire green card approval process took four and a half months which was on par if not faster than what I encountered online. If you're looking to apply for or renew your green card, look no further than to SimpleCitizen for help!

    Claudia Soto

    Simple Citizen made the green card application process easier and cheaper for me. The website automizes the process, making the process of filling out 100+ pages of forms into a couple-hour ordeal. Immigration lawyers are very expensive, but Simple Citizen gives you the same services for a very good deal. In short, Simple Citizen made what would have been a very stressful and very expensive process into an easy and fast one. I am grateful for their unique platform and kind customer service. I will be recommending their services to my friends and family. Thank you Simple Citizen!

    Joseph Ebele

    So this is the first time I have made a review on a service and I just had to do it because this is by far the best service I have ever received in my entire life! All my thanks goes to the wonderful customer service rep that I have chatting with. 'Alexia' I can't imagine how much better service I could have gotten. She answered all my questions with links to further educate me... All the questions I never could even get answered during my personal research. I'm so glad I came across simple citizen and very grateful that someone like Alexia was there to put me through! Thank you so much Simple citizen and Alexia.

    Anoush Kabalyan

    Amazing service and a wonderful idea that will truly help many to go through the confusing process of green card processing and the adjustment of status! SimpleCitizen has both the great tool and the awesome team behind it.

    We used SimpleCitizen for the adjustment of status (green card process) through marriage for my daughter and me. My husband and I were ready to do hours of reading and research to figure out what needs to be done for this process. Then one day I randomly stumble upon SimpleCitizen. The idea was great, the tool allowed me to create a free account and start right away with no up-front payments. It turned out to be very simple. You simply go through a logical process and fill out fields with necessary information. The tool then fills out all the necessary forms for you. In addition, SimpleCitizen team will review your application. You pay when everything is ready to go. They also have an option for a lawyer to review the documents!

    I don't think there has been anything like SimpleCitizen in the market. They have created a great alternative for those who can't afford to pay lawyer fees and don't have the time to do hours and hours of research to go through the green card process on their own.

    My case turned out to be a little more complicated than many others. Even then SimpleCitizen was by my side, every day, helping me every step of the way. They would get back to me with answers very quickly, any day, even during the weekends!

    Thank you SimpleCitizen! Our family is very grateful to have had you guys support us through this stressful process!

    EunJoo Yoon

    I used SimpleCitizen to renew my green card which was 2-year conditional permanent residency. I answered all of the questions which only took me about 20 minutes. Gathering documents was time consuming but with SimpleCitizen's help, I was able to gather all of the required supporting documents. They double-checked my application with the licensed immigration attorney. Once it (assembling my application and the attorney review) was all done, they mailed me my application all ready to go. All I had to do was sign where it was marked with the sticky notes.

    By using SimpleCitizen, I only had to answer their questions (which was super fast), gather documents (they told me which documents were needed and provided me with the templates), sign everything (once I got my application), and mail it off to the USCIS, which SimpleCitizen included the instructions so I knew which USCIS address to send to.

    I'm so thankful that I found SimpleCitizen because the price that I paid to use their service was very affordable or even cheap compare to the worth of their service or the price of using an immigration attorney doing my paperwork.

    I will definitely use their service again next year for my citizenship application. I have recommended to all of my international friends and am now recommending to people on Google!

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