Visabot Help Immigrants Make America Great Again
What is Visabot?
Visabot is a Facebook Messenger-based artificially intelligent chatbot that went live in November 2016 is expanding their assistance portfolio. For a $150 fee (roughly PKR 15,000), it will take users through filing for US Immigration and schedule appointments with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The purpose of Visabot is to help users to navigate complicated visa application process while ensuring that you avoid paying unnecessary consultation fees.
How does it Work:
The Visabot walks applicants through the application process with a series of questions. First, you select which type of visa fits your needs, and then provide Visabot with information about you — where you live, where you went to school, where you work, etc.
Visabot then asks you to upload the necessary documents, and even sends notifications when deadlines creep up. “It’s going to be kind of like a lawyer, but better, because it’s a machine, so there are no mistakes,” said Visabot CEO Artem Goldman. While some think it’s too risky, about half of the lawyers Goldman talks to say their jobs could be made easier by artificial intelligence.
Commenting on the future of immigration consultancy, Artem Goldman said “We still can’t say that we will replace an immigration lawyer in the next five years because there are so many complicated types of visas, but what we can do is save lots of their time. By doing this, they’re going to have more clients, and the clients are going to have lower prices.”
From its inception, visabot has processed more than 50,000 applications for various types of visas. Goldman acknowledged that the nationwide panic over immigration law has been good for business.
One early Visabot client, a 20-year-old Romanian singer named Afina Madoian, confirmed that getting an O-1 artist visa through the bot was easier than it would have been to find a lawyer in Romania.
“A lot of companies take the money and don’t do anything,” Madoian said. What she liked about Visabot is that she got a price upfront. She started gathering documents in September and, after a lawyer reviewed and submitted her application, got her approval in February; the whole process cost her $4,000. Madoian said while she would recommend using Visabot, she might not have been willing to entrust her US visa — something she’s wanted since childhood — to a robot if she hadn’t originally been put in touch with Goldman through a friend.
Immigration consultancy is a thriving business in Pakistan, there are a lot of skilled prospective immigrants who go to these consultants to get the assistance in their visa applications. Keeping in mind the potentiality of scam/ fraud which does happen quite frequently, the AI like Visabot will greatly help local aspirants in getting a reliable immigration consultancy solution for landing in the US.