How IRCC uses AI in application processing
In the coming years, Canada is on track to welcome the highest numbers of newcomers ever.
IRCC has rapidly shifted toward the digitization and “modernization” of Canada’s immigration system, which includes increased use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced data analytics to speed up application processing time. For example, Fraser said that this streamlining has contributed to processing 98% of spousal TRV applications and new applicants can now expect a processing time of just 30 days.
IRCC uses artificial intelligence (information technology that performs tasks that would ordinarily require a human to accomplish) in some aspects of processing including prioritizing applications and sending emails.
Many worry that the use of AI by IRCC will lead to bias and a general lack of explanation for how decisions are made in processing applications.
In response to concerns, IRCC says it follows a Directive in the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms to ensure equality rights and preclude discrimination.
He says this has led to a huge boost in productivity and continues to stress that AI does not make any final decisions.
Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser also says this has led to a huge boost in productivity and continues to stress that AI does not make any final decisions.