Robots to Replace Canadian Visa Officers for Decision Making
Canada is expected to hand over the decision-making process for student and immigration visas to robotic algorithms. Robots will be used in decision-making procedures for student visas, substituting Canadian visa officers. According to the report published on Vancouver Sun, the Liberal government is going to significantly expand the AI decision making procedure for visas in April 2020.
2019 Immigration Department report states that there is huge public anxiety over fairness and as well as privacy related to Artificial Intelligence. However, Ottawa still aims to expand its automated approval system in order to substitute robotic algorithms for human visa officers.
However, according to the internal report, there are also concerns that the planned system can become a target of certain individuals who could make attempts to game the robotic system by entering false claims and data about their details which is required for the visa application.
Robots replacing Canadian visa officers
The document states that a system confirms application without sufficient evaluation of documentation (see how to write an invitation letter) would raise questions for Canadians. In addition, the approval of risky individuals to Canada would be riskier than the refusal of eligible candidates by mistake, the report continues.
The report also mentions how substituting robots for humans will have an impact on thousands of Canadian visa offices around the globe. It is expected that the system will totally change the way of the visa approval process.
Additionally, critics also want to draw attention to whether processing so many visa applications quickly and economically will cause another critical issue of its kind.
The policy document itself reveals that “hard-wiring” the visa decision-making procedure carries legal risk at an enormous scale for the Immigration Department.
Canadian population increased by more than half a million in 2018 or 1.5 % which is known as the fastest rate of growth in the last 30 years. Nearly 470,000 of total increase was made up immigrants coming to Canada on multiple-entry visas valid for 10 years, and as well as work and study permits.
In an effort to ease the suspects of a robotic system, the report mentioned the need to acknowledge the population that the AI which decides whether the candidate gets a visa or not is not random. The algorithm is run by certain rules that can distinguish the parameters of valid visa applications. However, it will also be possible for a human to review the applications if there is a need.
Like every other initiative, in the beginning, implementation of robotic based algorithms to determine who is eligible for a visa might seem controversial but in time, it will be expected to be accepted by the nation.