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News5 Investigates: Immigration lawyers file complaint against local visa company

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You may call it a battle between immigration lawyers and a Colorado Springs company helping immigrants get their visa cards.

This dispute centers around whether a private company can legally fill out paperwork for immigrants since none of its employees holds a law degree.

Ben Ives met his wife in the Philippines and after returning to America, he decided to open up RapidVisa, a company helping immigrants fill out and submit paperwork.

“We’re almost like TurboTax,” Ives said.   

Representatives are available in-person and over the phone to answer questions and provide all the legal documents required for a visa.

"Unfortunately from the viewpoint of immigration lawyers, they see us as taking their business,” Ives said. “They're right, we are."

Taking away “business” in a sense doesn’t sit well with some immigration lawyers, who question whether representatives without any law degree should be allowed to deal with official immigration forms.

We found out the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel launched an investigation into RapidVisa back in September.

The results of that investigation found the company did not violate any laws.

It’s a victory for RapidVisa, but a battle that’s far from over.

“To date we have spent $97,000 in legal fees,” Ives said. “We’ve done nothing wrong. We have brought to the U.S. about 15,000 people legally.”

The state’s findings on RapidVisa has been publicly released. 

However, the official complaints are not published online. We’ve requested a copy of all complaints filed against RapidVisa and will post those documents here when they become available.

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