John and Vasima were married in November 2017. Seven months later — with the help of Boundless — Vasima was approved for her marriage green card. We caught up with the couple to congratulate them and hear about their experience. Read what John had to say:
First of all, congratulations on receiving your green card! That must be so exciting! Tell us about your immigration journey before Boundless.
We met in Bangkok, and from the moment we met, we knew it was the way it was supposed to be.
Back when we first applied for Vasima’s visa (before Boundless), there were some challenges dealing with the consulate in Moscow.
Once we were married, it was impossible for Vasima to get a Social Security number or driver’s license, so she couldn’t work. All of that hinged on the green card. I spent many visits trying to get her a temporary Social Security number. I finally talked to someone from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and they told me that she can’t do anything until she gets a permit to work. And that’s when we found Boundless and did all the forms with you.
How did you find Boundless?
I found you online. I was researching immigration attorneys, but when I found Boundless, I liked the website. It seemed very non-intimidating and very easy to read. It came across as saying, “Okay, we’re going to help you through the whole process.”
The pricing was reasonable. I understood it wasn’t free, but it wasn’t $3,000 or $18,000 like it would have been for an attorney, so it was a good balance.
I would highly recommend that people use Boundless. I say that because of the way you put the paperwork together, and I truly believe that they liked that at USCIS. I feel like they liked being able to easily go through the form and check everything off.
What was it like working with your independent attorney?
Our attorney was very helpful and pushed me to get certain documents. It was necessary, and it was a positive interaction because, in effect, she would say, “You need to do this, and you need to do it this way.” It was a good part of your process and felt like good support.
Working with Boundless kept me on the true path. I’m more than pleased with the result.
Now let’s talk about the interview. How did it go?
I was very surprised that the questions weren’t too grilling. A lot of that had to do with being prepared. I can give you real kudos for how you prepared your paperwork. We were over-prepared, to be honest with you. We had way more documents on us, a lot of what your guides say you need to bring.
The immigration officer said to us, “Ah yes, I see you have this and that, and you’ve already provided copies of this … ” so I know he appreciated that.
Word of advice: When they ask for you something, don’t give them the next thing until they give the last thing back to you. It helps you stay organized.
What questions did the interviewer ask you?
How we met, where we met for the first time, how that went, where we’ve been since then — it was just a few questions. He mainly was going through and checking off every answer, making a note, and then asking another question. It felt important that when he asked Vasima a question, I was quiet. It was really, really easy.
What did you think about working with Boundless?
During so much of this process, you’re in the dark. There’s so much information online about the way people do it, and then they find out it’s illegal. So we just always agreed we would do it the right, legal way.
The biggest challenge was just waiting. But because we were prepared, it was easy.
There’s no question I could print the forms and do it myself, but the way you ask the questions means I can answer them straightforwardly. During your review process, you’d come back and let me know, “You need this; you need that.” It was thorough and meant that you were following the process, and that process made it possible for us to get the green card.
I would highly recommend someone use your service because you hold their hand and tell them what needs to be done.
We always did everything the right way, so it was very easy.
On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to recommend Boundless to others?
10 — Boundless’ philosophy is to make the process easier.
You’re much cheaper than typical attorneys, and I don’t like how many attorneys operate. Some attorneys will just give your case to a paralegal and still charge you $300 an hour. I don’t want a paralegal — I want an attorney.
Boundless provides a great service, and I highly recommend them.