Last updated: March 29, 2023
Types of Personal Information We Collect
Personal information means any information that identifies, relates to, describes, or could be reasonably associated or linked with a particular person or household. It also includes other information that may be associated with you, such as your usage data, location, preferences, or interests, if that information can be used to identify you, your household, or your device, or any other information as otherwise defined under applicable law. The types of Personal information we collect about you depend on your interactions with us and are described in more detail below.
GIP may collect the following types of Personal Information from you and other Users of our Website or Services:
|Category||Information We Collect|
|A. Identifiers.||Your name, username, date of birth, and contact information such as mailing address, phone number, and email address.|
|B. Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)).||A name, address, telephone number, passport number, driver’s license or state identification card number, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information including Services purchased.
Note that we use third party payment processors to facilitate your payments and do not store your payment information that is collected on our Website.
Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories.
|C. Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law (“Sensitive Personal Information”).||Age (40 years or older), citizenship, religion or creed, racial or ethnic background, genetic information, marital status, number and age of children, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender), sexual orientation, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions, veteran or military status, passport number, driver’s license number, Social Security number, state or national identification card number, and religious or philosophical beliefs.|
|D. Commercial information.||Records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies.|
|E. Internet or similar network activity.||IP addresses, Website pages viewed and the duration, browser or operating system information, mobile device type, system settings, and aggregate and/or deidentified data related to a person’s interaction with our Website.|
|F. Geolocation data.||Physical location or movements.|
|G. Sensory data.||Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information.|
|H. Professional or employment-related information.||Current or past job history or performance evaluations.|
|I. Non-public education information (per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. § 1232g, 34 C.F.R. § 99)).||Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records.|
|J. Inferences drawn from other personal information.||Profile reflecting a person’s preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes.|
We also collect your communications with us, preferences, and other information you provide to us, including any messages (including via online chat feature), opinions, and feedback that you provide to us, your user preferences (such as in receiving updates or marketing information), and other information that you share with us when you contact us directly (such as for customer support services).
GIP may be required to collect or process Sensitive Personal Information from you for the purpose of providing immigration consulting and legal services, including applications for naturalization and asylum, nonimmigrant visas (H1B, H2, H3, K, L, O, and P), employment and family based immigrant visas, consular immigrant visas, and adjustment of status.
We do not collect the following categories of Sensitive Personal Information:
How We Collect Information
We generally collect personal information and create and maintain records about individuals for our legitimate business purposes and in relation to the Services we provide to you.
We collect any other information or content you provide to us, such as when you provide feedback about our products or services or make other submissions to us or use other features of our Services which may be offered from time to time which may require the collection of certain personal information in order to utilize the features. Examples of user content data may include information about your opinions, feedback, preferences, and any other personal information you choose to provide in your interactions with us.
How We Use Your Information
GIP may use the information it collects in a variety of ways for its business or commercial purposes, such as to:
How We Disclose Your Information
We may disclose your personal information to third parties to help provide our Services to you. For instance, we may disclose information to government agencies to provide immigration consulting and legal services. We may also disclose your personal information to our service providers to respond to your requests or to provide customer service. We may also provide your personal information to third parties who assist us in providing certain services. For example, we may provide the information we collect from you to our cloud-hosting service providers, or our payment card processing providers. We may also disclose your information to our affiliates to provide Services you request.
We may also disclose your information for the following purposes:
We may disclose your information to the following types of entities and third parties:
Over the last 12 months, we have disclosed for a business purpose the following categories of personal information:
|Category of Information||Examples of Data Types Disclosed||Categories of Recipients|
|Identifying Information||Name, mailing address, email address, phone number, date of birth, identification numbers such as Social Security number, passport number, driver’s license numbers, state or foreign identification numbers, and other identifiers||Government Agencies (when required to provide Services or required by law) and service providers, and government entities|
|Payment Information||Your name and billing totals for payment and invoice processing. Note that we use third-party payment processors to facilitate your payments and do not store your payment card information collected on the Website||Our service providers, and government entities (where required by law)|
|Communications with Us, Preferences, and Other Information you Provide to Us||Messages, feedback, and other communications you provide directly to us||Our service providers, and government entities (where required by law)|
|Usage and Technical Information||Information about your interaction with our Website and content on third-party sites or platforms, such as social networking sites (e.g., IP address; browsing history; search history; device information; information about User’s interaction with Website, such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs via cookies, pixel tags, web beacons, transparent GIFs; browser information; operating system and platform; geolocation information; user content (e.g., photos, videos, audio, images, social media/online posts, first-party works).||Our service providers, and government entities (where required by law)|
Categories of Personal Information Sold
We do not sell your personal information, including sensitive personal information, to third parties. Please note that “sale” of personal information does not include those instances when such information is part of a merger, acquisition, or other transaction involving all or part of our business. If we sell all or part of our business, make a sale or transfer of assets, or are otherwise involved in a merger or other business transaction, we may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of that transaction. If such transaction materially affects the manner in which your personal information is processed, we will notify you of such change prior to its implementation.
How Your Information is Stored, Transferred, and Secured
GIP’s offices are located in the United States. If you are located in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or United Kingdom (UK) and you use our Services, this will involve transferring your personal information outside of the EEA or UK. Many of our external third parties are based outside of the EEA and UK, so their processing of your personal information will involve a transfer of information outside of the EEA and UK. For example, GIP hosts the information it collects at its data center in the United States. As a result, your information may be subject to access requests from governments, courts, law enforcement officials and other lawful authorities in another jurisdiction according to its laws. Subject to the applicable laws, we will use reasonable efforts to ensure that appropriate protections are in place to maintain protections on the personal information.
Whenever we transfer your personal data outside of the EEA or UK, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:
Retention and Deletion of Personal Information
We will retain your personal information for as long as necessary to provide our Services, and as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our policies.
Retention periods will be determined taking into account the type of information that is collected and the purpose for which it is collected. Under applicable regulations, we will keep records containing client personal information, account opening documents, communications and anything else as required by applicable laws and regulations. We will not retain your personal information or sensitive personal information longer than reasonably necessary for the purposes for which the information was collected.
We may rectify or remove incomplete or inaccurate information, at any time and at our own discretion.
Securing Your Information
GIP takes the privacy and security of your information seriously, and uses reasonable, appropriate and customary procedures and technologies to help protect the confidentiality of any personal information we collect. GIP employs reasonable administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect the information we collect, process, and store. However, no website, network, or system can be absolutely protected against intentional or malicious intrusion attempts despite taking appropriate and reasonable precautions. Furthermore, GIP does not control the devices, computer, or network through which you access the Website or over which you may choose to send personal information or other information to us, and therefore cannot prevent potential interceptions or compromises to your information while in transit. GIP makes no guarantee as to the security, integrity or confidentiality of any information transmitted to or from the Website. GIP is committed to safeguarding your information to the best of its ability but cannot guarantee the security of electronic communications of transmission made over the Internet.
GIP may receive, store and use the information you enter on our Website or which is collected during your visit to our Services. Such information will generally not personally identify you and may include the date and time of your visit, pages accessed, the web browser you use, the internet address of any website from which you linked directly to our Website and related information.
Your Cookie Choices
You are in control of how you want to allow cookies to be used on your devices. Most internet browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You may set your browser to block or otherwise control what cookies your browser or device accepts via your settings. Additionally, you can choose to modify your settings and delete cookies that are otherwise stored on your device. Please note that, if you choose not to accept cookies, some Website features and the personalization of our Services may no longer work for you. You will continue to receive advertising material, but it will not be tailored to your interests. Please consult the instructions provided by your browser or your mobile device manufacturer to determine how you can limit the placement of and/or remove cookies or other similarly used technologies.
“Do Not Track” Signals
Our Website is/is not currently designed to respond to “Do Not Track” signals. “Do Not Track” is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked. You can enable or disable “Do Not Track” by visiting the “Preferences” or “Settings” page of your web browser. “Do Not Track” is different from Global Privacy Controls (“GPC”), which may notify websites of consumers’ privacy preferences regarding the sale or sharing of Personal Information, or the use of Sensitive Personal Information.
Third parties may collect data that relates to you. We cannot control third parties’ responses to “Do Not Track” signals or other such mechanisms. Third parties’ use of data relating to you and responsiveness to “Do Not Track” signals is governed by their respective privacy policies.
All of our Services, including our Website, is intended for adult audiences, and is not directed to or meant for individuals under the age of 16 (“Children”). As such, we do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 16, and Children under 16 may not use our Website or any other Services. If you are under 16, do not attempt to register for or use any of our Services, including our Website, and do not provide us any personal information about yourself. We may collect information pertaining to Children under 16 only if provided by a parent or guardian in the course of adding the Child as a dependent with regard to the Services.
Privacy Information for California Residents
GIP has in place policies and procedures to facilitate the exercise of privacy rights available to California residents. If you are a California resident, California law requires us to disclose the following information with respect to our collection, use, and disclosure of personal information.
Your Privacy Rights. Subject to certain limitations, if you are a California resident, you have the following rights under California law.
Please contact us utilizing the methods listed in the Contact Us Section below in relation to exercising these rights. We may ask you to provide information about yourself so that we can verify your identity as part of this process. This information may include your name, email address, and any other information necessary to reasonably verify your identity, to ensure that your information is not shared with anyone impersonating you. We may ask for additional information if we have difficulty confirming your identity. Once we have verified your identity, we will work to fulfill your request in a timely manner. Please note there may be some situations in which we are unable to fulfill your request, such as if we cannot find any information about you within our systems. Additionally, we may not be able to honor a deletion request in some situations, such as if your information is necessary to fulfill the Services you requested or meet a legal obligation. We will inform you whether we can fulfill your rights request. We will not share information or otherwise honor requests unless we can confirm the request is a “verifiable request.”
Under California law a consumer can appoint an “authorized agent” to make certain verifiable requests upon their behalf, such as the right to know what information we collect about the consumer or to request deletion of the consumer’s information. An “authorized agent” may submit a request on behalf of a California resident who has authorized the agent to act on their behalf. Because the security and privacy of your information is paramount, we will ask that you identify such persons and directly confirm that such persons are authorized to act as your agent and exercise your applicable rights under California law in such situations. This may require us to contact you directly and alert you that an individual has claimed to be your agent and is attempting to access or delete your information. We will also independently verify your identity to ensure that an unauthorized person is not attempting to impersonate you and exercise your rights without authorization. We will not share your information or honor any other requests in those situations where you cannot or do not grant permission in writing for an identified authorized agent to act on your behalf, or where we cannot independently verify your identity.
Please also note that, in many circumstances, GIP is a “service provider” under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and its customers are the “businesses.” Therefore, GIP customers, and not GIP, determine how and why personal data submitted to the GIP Service is used, either by or at the direction of such customers.
As businesses, GIP’s customers are responsible for disclosing and responding to the rights of individuals and with respect to their personal data and other information regarding the collection and use of that personal data in accordance with the CCPA. If we are a service provider and receive your request, we will forward your request to the appropriate business.
Your California Privacy Rights Regarding Direct Marketing Information
California residents have the right to request information from a company regarding the manner in which it shares certain categories of personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes, in addition to the rights set forth above.
Under California law, you have the right to send us a request at the designated address listed below in the Contact Us section to receive the following information:
To make such a request, please provide sufficient information for us to determine if this applies to you, and attest to the fact that you are a California resident. Please also provide a current California address for our response. You may make this request in writing to us at the address provided in the Contact Us Section. Any such request must include “California Privacy Rights Direct Marketing Information Request” in the first line of the description, and include your name, street address, city, state and ZIP code. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through the address provided for this purpose below.
Note that responsive information may be provided in a standardized format that is not specific to you.
Privacy Rights Information for European Data Subjects
As provided under applicable law and subject to any limitations in such law, you may have the following rights:
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please submit your request by contacting us.
Please provide enough information to identify yourself, including your full name and address and any additional identity information we may reasonably request from you and let us know what right you want to exercise and the information to which your request relates. We reserve the right to verify your identity in connection with any requests regarding personal data to help ensure that we provide the information we maintain to the individuals to whom it pertains and allow only those individuals or their authorized representatives to exercise rights with respect to that information.
If you make a request, we will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. Note that applicable laws contain certain exceptions and limitations to each of these rights. We may reject your request, as permitted to applicable law.
Please also note that, in many circumstances, GIP is a Data Processor under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) and similar, applicable law, and its customers are the Data Controllers. Therefore, GIP customers, and not GIP, determine how and why personal data submitted to the GIP Service is used, either by or at the direction of such customers.
As Data Controllers, GIP’s customers are responsible for disclosing and responding to the rights of individuals with respect to their personal data and other information regarding the collection and use of that personal data in accordance with the GDPR and similar applicable law. If we are a Data Processor and we receive your request, we will forward your request to the appropriate Data Controller.
How to Contact the Appropriate Authority
We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your personal data. If you are an EU data subject and wish to report a complaint or if you feel that GIP has not addressed your concern in a satisfactory manner, you have the right under the GDPR to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, including in your country of residence, place of work, or where you believe an incident took place.
The EU Commission has a list of supervisory authorities here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/article-29/structure/data-protection-authorities/index_en.htm.
Privacy Rights Information for Residents of Other U.S. States
Residents of other states may also be guaranteed certain privacy rights depending on where they live. To learn more about whether you are guaranteed certain rights, or to submit a request to exercise your rights, please contact us using any of the methods in the Contact Us Section. Any request to exercise your rights must include your name, state of residence, the right(s) you would like to exercise, and a means of contacting you.
30300 Agoura Rd. B 100, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
By email: email@example.com
By phone: 1-844-303-2728
By Webform: https://www.gip-us.com/data-request-form/