SOURCE: SimpleCitizen


July 30, 2015 09:00 ET

SimpleCitizen Launches to Modernize the Immigration Application Process

The Online Platform Makes Preparing and Submitting an Immigration Application Affordable and Trustworthy, While Ensuring Accuracy

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - Jul 30, 2015) - SimpleCitizen, the trusted immigration partner, today announced the launch of its online platform, which takes the guesswork and stress out of the U.S. immigration and applications process by providing one simple, trustworthy solution for a low, flat fee. The platform guides applicants through their application each step of the way and ensures accuracy through an optional immigration attorney review. SimpleCitizen also provides their users with the most comprehensive immigration resource and support center available through its growing online community and library of videos, blogs, and FAQs.

How it works: SimpleCitizen helps ease the complex and multiyear process of applying for U.S. green cards and citizenship. At the end of a SimpleCitizen-assisted application a customer can expect accurate, completed documents ready to submit to the USCIS.

"SimpleCitizen was born from my own experience going through the green card process for my wife. We were taken aback by how time-consuming, prone to error, and expensive it was," said Sam Stoddard, CEO and founder of SimpleCitizen. "Of the three million people going through the U.S. immigration process every year, over 100,000 green card applications are rejected due to preventable errors. And if you don't want to risk rejection, you have to shell out thousands of dollars for a lawyer. In response, we built a disruptive online tool and created a supportive community so you can learn from others' successes."

The SimpleCitizen platform provides:

  • A simple, affordable pricing structure: The application process costs a flat fee of $249 (not inclusive of the normal application processing fee the USCIS charges). A personalized lawyer review is available starting at an additional $99. SimpleCitizen competitors charge form by form, which can add up quickly
  • An Educational Learning Center: Constantly updated resource sections provide helpful content such as videos, infographics, FAQs, and blog posts for whatever stage of the immigration process applicants are at
  • A unique support community: SimpleCitizen's discussion board community brings together people going through the same experiences, providing support from those who have experienced similar challenges
  • A lawyer-assisted process: SimpleCitizen is the only platform that presents lawyer-narrated videos before each major step of the application, and for an additional cost, guidance and an application review from SimpleCitizen's partner The Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick.
  • Powerful, proprietary USCIS compliant-software: Its powerful algorithms and software verifies each page of the application to ensure no errors are present before applicants submit their final forms
  • A progress tracking feature: This unique dashboard saves applications for completion when convenient, shows how far along a user is in the application process, and flags what forms are incomplete or inaccurate
  • Other features include multilingual support for applications and supporting documents handled by certified USCIS translators, online immigration attorney support, and live chat

"After years of handling thousands of immigration cases, we know that our affiliation with a platform like SimpleCitizen will be invaluable to applicants," said Jacob Sapochnick, immigration attorney, founder of The Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick, and lead advisor to SimpleCitizen. "We've had thousands of immigration applicants request beta access before the platform even launched. No matter your stance on U.S. immigration, we can agree that the existing application process needs to be more accessible and economical. Our goal is for immigrants to feel confident with their application and know that we're here to support them at each step."

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

The company is currently in the StartStudio program. Investors include Kickstart Seed Fund and BoomStartup Accelerator. SimpleCitizen placed first in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, the Miller New Venture Challenge, and in the top 10 at the International Business Model Competition. It is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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