Chicago-based VisaNow raises $16M from General Catalyst

November 12, 2014

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Chicago-based VISANOW, an online immigration service provider, announced today a $16 million infusion of funding from General Catalyst Partners.

The funding will help accelerate team growth and business expansion.

"VISANOW's unique approach has already been used by tens of thousands of sponsors and applicants and it sets a new standard in an industry that is ripe for disruption," said Scott Griffith, who joins the board as Chairman. "VISANOW is well positioned to address the complex needs of a large and growing market with its transformative, tech-driven model that offers superior value and results."

VISANOW focuses its efforts on helping individuals and small to medium businesses throug the difficult and often confusing visa application process by automatically gathering required forms and documents. The company then creates a personal application, files it and keeps customers up to date on the application status. 

"VISANOW's patented approach levels the playing field for consumers and small businesses by giving them access to high quality immigration services at a fraction of the cost of other options," said VISANOW founder and CEO Bob Meltzer in a statement. "VISANOW gives small businesses the tools and ability to affordably compete for talent with much larger companies, and gives individuals greater control over their own destiny."

Former Small Business Administration head Karen Mills, General Catalyst XIR Scott Griffith (former CEO and Chairman of Zipcar), and Brian Shortsleeve (General Catalyst Managing Director) will join their board of directors. 

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