“Applicant-Side” AI Changes
In the last post, we talked about numerous ways the government could fix the USCIS immigration system (from their side). However, there are also numerous ways private efforts can help “modernize” the immigration system.
With the power of AI and Deep Learning, many new things are possible. Private companies, harnessing this technology, can create services and tools that help immigrants with the unnecessarily-complicated and long immigration process. These include: “chatbot” guides, form assistants, and language translation. Let’s delve in.
When AI is mentioned, one of the first things that comes to mind is a chatbot. AI-based chatbots can allow immigrants or potential immigrants to receive 1-on-1, personalized help instead of having to contact a lawyer or qualified immigration attorney. Instead of reading a giant PDF handbook guide to filling out forms, a chatbot can assist the immigrant real-time, providing information on the different immigration pathways, application process, and filing assistance. This leads to the second thing:
Why fill out forms when you can have a machine do it for you? Assuming you give the tool enough information, a large part of your immigration paperwork should be auto-filled, making it even easier for immigrants. Many immigration forms can vary in length from 10 to 30 pages, meaning that shortening the time taken to fill out those forms is extremely useful.
The third thing is, of course, language translation. Being able to take a form filled out in a certain language and translate it into English is very useful when people with unsupported languages try to apply. Interpreters/immigration services are usually able to help, but making the translation process even more automated would be cheaper and faster for all immigrants.
Clearly, even if the government isn’t able to incite change, there are plenty of things us AI developers can do to improve the current US Immigration System.