Xiao Wang grew up in the suburbs of Seattle with his parents, who moved here from China as engineering grad students. One story he often heard growing up was how when his parents were applying for a permanent residency, they had to hand over an exorbitant sum of money—nearly half a year’s worth of rent—to cover the lawyer fees.
Unfortunately, such stories of lawyer’s charging immigrants outrageous sums of money still occur. However, Wang’s background—which includes stints working in the public sector, customer service management roles for large companies, like Amazon, in the private sector, as well as working for various startups—provide him with a unique combination of jobs that allowed him to be successful when starting his own company, Boundless, which is based in Seattle and is a company that levels the playing field for immigrants.
Why They Made the Worthy 100: Boundless is a Seattle-based start-up with a mission to empower every family to navigate the immigration system more confidently, rapidly, and affordably. In other words, the company attempts to make the process infinitely easier for immigrants. For instance, the company helps make it easier for immigrants to go through the process of applying for marriage-based green cards by using a step-by-step approach that guides those applying. Those answers are then reviewed by an immigration attorney. And although there is a fee, it’s far less taxing than what’s often offered by immigration lawyers.
The process Wang and Boundless have instituted seems to be working exceptionally well: According to Inc. Magazine, Wang says the company has helped process more than 70,000 successful applications and has a 99.97 percent approval rating. They’ve also significantly shortened the process from weeks or months to just a few hours online. And they’ve drastically reduced costs for legal fees, from more than $3,000 to less than a $1,000.