Seattle startup Boundless raises $7.8M to become ‘the one-stop shop’ for legal immigration
In the two years since it launched, Boundless has become the top destination for immigrants applying for marriage-based green cards in the United States.
Foreign nationals seeking legal status in the U.S. receive more marriage-based green cards through Boundless each month than any other entity or law firm, according to the startup’s CEO Xiao Wang.
That early traction has helped the Seattle startup secure a $7.8 million funding round this month, led by Foundry Group. Previous investors, including Trilogy and Pioneer Square Labs, also participated in the Series A round.
Wang said the fresh cash will help Boundless develop new products and grow its 28-person team in a bid to become “the one-stop shop for all family-based immigration.”
Boundless currently offers two products. Immigrants seeking a marriage-based green card or U.S. citizenship can use the service to connect with attorneys, file applications online, and receive support throughout the process. The company also publishes research and resources on its website to help immigrants navigate an increasingly complex system.
“Legal immigration is important and critical for the future of the success of America and with technology and data, you can make immigration far more simple,” Wang said.
Boundless charges $750 for its marriage green card service and $395 for its naturalization service. The flat rates cover legal and customer support until an application is approved.
The service has been used by nearly 1,500 customers and has a 100 percent approval rate, according to Wang.
Of course, Boundless can only expedite and simplify so much.
Recent policy changes have led to delays and uncertainty for many seeking legal status in the U.S. The wait time for immigrants who apply for U.S. citizenship has doubled in the past two years. A new rule could make it more difficult for immigrants to qualify for green cards and visas. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is approving fewer employment-based visas and requesting follow-up evidence on applications more frequently than in years past.
“We can’t speed up the government processing time but we can make meaningful improvements, helping families get their complete and accurate application faster than through any other source,” Wang said.
Boundless has raised $11.3 million to date. It was one of the first spinouts from Pioneer Square Labs, a Seattle startup studio that has helped produce more than 15 companies since launching in 2015.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that Boundless processes more marriage-based green card applications than other entities on a monthly basis, not in total.
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