Canadian immigration applications could soon be assessed by computers

Canadian immigration applications could soon be assessed by computers

The Immigration Department has been developing “predictive analytics” technology that would evaluate applications in a way that’s similar to the work performed by officials today.

Since 2014, the Immigration Department has been developing what’s known as a “predictive analytics” system, which would evaluate applications in a way that’s similar to the work performed by officials today.

The plan — part of the government’s modernization of a system plagued by backlogs and delays — is to use the technology to identify the merits of an immigration application, spot potential red flags for fraud and weigh all these factors to recommend whether an applicant should be accepted or refused.

At the moment, the focus of the project is on building processes that would distinguish between high-risk and low-risk applications, immigration officials said.

“Predictive analytics models are built by analyzing thousands of past applications and their outcomes. This allows the computer to ‘learn’ by detecting patterns in the data, in a manner analogous to how officers learn through the experience of processing applications,” department spokesperson Lindsay Wemp said in an email.

“The goal is to improve client service and increase operational efficiency by reducing processing times while strengthening program integrity.”

The project was approved by the former Conservative government cabinet in February 2013. Wemp said there is no firm timeline on when automated decisions might be a viable option.

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  1. Cheryl says:

    And we all know computers don’t make mistakes ,right? Refugees and immigration is going to kill Canada, and it seems no one cares. All these people come here and if they are denied, then they have appeal after appeal. Now who supports them for the length of time they are here? Wold that be the taxpayers? What a shame. This country supporting people that have never contributed a cent to this country, and ignoring Canadians born and raised here.

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