Immigration & Customs


How Facebook AI-Based Visabot Will Help In Your Green Card Application

International Business Times

Visabot, a Facebook-owned artificial intelligence tech company, has launched a $150 service to help the Facebook Messenger users navigate through the complicated process of applying for a Green Card. What you need to do is answer are you a U.S. citizen other thing you should know and the bot will use this info to generate the whole package for you all you have to do is file it with us immigration services," Visabot COO Andrey Zinoviev announced Tuesday. The service is intended to help people save money while applying for Green Cards, O-1 visas (for exceptional individuals), B-2 visas for tourism or business, H1-B, and L-1 visas for skilled professionals. It uses natural language processing and an artificial intelligence technology, called Fido.AI, to navigate through the application process.


Immigration chat bot now helps you apply for a green card

Engadget

Visabot, the Facebook Messenger-based AI that helps users navigate the complex visa application process while skipping unnecessary fees, is expanding its assistance portfolio. For a $150 fee, it will walk users through filing for a green card and schedule appointments with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Like its previous system helping users through the visa process, Visabot's green card service walks people through a questionnaire and plugs the answers into appropriate forms. "We created our own immigration AI so our success rate grows as the bot learns," Visabot COO Andrey Zinoviev announced at VentureBeat's MB 2017 show.


Gambia, Afghanistan School Robotics Teams Rejected Visas To Attend US Competition

International Business Times

A school robotics team made up of five students from The Gambia has joined Afghanistan's all-girl robotics team in having their one-week visas rejected by the U.S. in order to attend the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington D.C. Director of The Gambia's ministry of higher education, research, science and technology, Moktar Darboe, told Al Jazeera that the students are "very disappointed" they won't be able to attend the competition. "She gave us hope not to give up, and she said they would give us all their support to help us go further," 17-year-old Khadijatou Gassam, a science student and team member told Al Jazeera. According to State Department records for the month of April, the U.S. only gave out 32 of the B1/B2 brand of business travel visas needed by the robotics team from Afghanistan, Forbes reports.


AI pioneer will advise chatbot startup that provides free legal advice to immigrants

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Dr. Yoshua Bengio, one of the key researchers credited with establishing the field of deep learning, announced today that he will serve as a strategy adviser for legal tech company Botler AI, a Montreal-based startup that runs a free chatbot to assist users as they navigate the legal procedures required for immigration. "Deep Learning could help provide affordable or even free legal services to people who might otherwise not be able to have access," he said. Moravej adds that his team will use deep learning "to empower Botler AI's natural language understanding, image recognition, and document classification," as well as "help us move towards a general chatbot in the legal field, and understand more languages." The startup partnered with a Canadian immigration law firm while producing the current iteration of Botler, and Moravej plans to continue collaborating with lawyers to provide the legal knowledge necessary for his company's services.


Three MIT alumni win 2017 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

MIT News

Three MIT alumni have been awarded The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a graduate school fellowship for outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States. Continuing educational development work, Phong hopes to expand access to and improve the quality of science education in Vietnam and the U.S. Phong plans on pursuing a PhD in physics, and hopes to become a professor in condensed matter physics who also works to reform science education. While working on her undergraduate degree in biological engineering, Zekavat became interested in applying computational methods to improve mechanistic understanding of disease and to motivate new paths for disease prevention, diagnostics, and treatments. Daisy M. Soros and Paul Soros, both Hungarian immigrants, founded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans in 1997.


Essential California: Police say they don't enforce immigration laws, but some manuals say otherwise

Los Angeles Times

It's Thursday, April 13, and here's what's happening across California: California police departments insist they don't enforce federal immigration laws, but the police department manuals of certain jurisdictions seem to suggest something different. The vaccination rate for California's kindergartners rose this fall from the previous year, fueled by laws that made it significantly tougher for parents to exempt their children from the shots. "La La Land" honored: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that he will declare April 25 "La La Land" Day in honor of the film. Today's California memory comes from Catherine Lev: "In 1953, we went west to L.A. We had a street map that showed two blue rivers, the Rio Hondo and the Los Angeles River.


Immigration chat bot can help you with the H1-B visa

Engadget

When Visabot went live last November, the Facebook Messenger-based artificial intelligence attempted to simplify the US visa application process and help many people skip the fees associated with a visit to an immigration lawyer. Now, as promised, Visabot support is adding support for the H-1B visa transfers and applications that many Silicon Valley companies rely on for attracting talent. As Buzzfeed reports, the H-1B applications won't be supported by Visabot in time for this year's April 3 deadline, but they will be available soon. As Buzzfeed explains, it's a common problem for foreign born coders who get hired at major tech firms like Google or Microsoft, but can't afford to leave for a newer startup that doesn't have the time or legal resources to sponsor their visa transfer.


The Crazy, Amazing Life Of Immigrant Nikola Tesla

Forbes

The guitarist of the band'Lightningfan' Wang Hongbin (C) creates lightning with a Tesla Coil in a village outside of Fuzhou in China's Fujian province in June 2013. The Tesla Coil invented by Nikola Tesla in 1891 is a transformer that produces vast amounts of voltage at high frequencies that creates long bolts of electricity like lightning. Before he became the name of a car company and a character in modern science fiction novels, Nikola Tesla immigrated to the United States and turned into an inventor extraordinaire. "After seeing a drawing or photograph of Niagara Falls, Tesla announced to his Uncle Josip that one day he would place a gigantic wheel under the falls and thereby harness it," writes Seifer.


Key Homeland Security VIP Experts To Gather At Milipol Asia-Pacific 2017 From 4 - 6 April In Singapore

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SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - Mar 23, 2017) - Milipol Asia-Pacific 2017, the leading international exhibition and conference dedicated to all aspects of homeland security in the Asia-Pacific region, will welcome VIP Delegations from regional government agencies at the upcoming event from 4 to 6 April, Sands Expo Marina Bay Sands. A global leader in identity and security solutions, Safran Identity & Security (France) has more than 40 years of experience in biometrics. Add-On APAC, a distributor of converged physical, cyber and communication security solutions offers an interactive experience with a live product demonstration of their partnered suppliers' cutting-edge technologies, including the IMID -- in motion identification technology from FST Biometrics, and MAX-Mesh, a mesh radio communication solution from Maxtech Networks. After the 2015 edition of the Global Security Asia exhibition and conference, the event was renamed Milipol Asia-Pacific, so creating the world's leading international network of exhibitions dedicated to solutions, technologies and innovations for homeland security.


More airports are rolling out facial recognition technology

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TRAVELLERS sometimes have to show their travel documents five times when catching a flight: at check-in, at security, then occasionally at outbound immigration, before another check when boarding. Similar trials have also been announced in Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. In 2015, the government unveiled its "Seamless Traveller" initiative, which set a target of automating 90% of passenger processing by 2020, and offered A$93.7m ($71.9m) to help bring it about. The first is whether the introduction of face-recognition technology is more about cutting security jobs than creating a seamless passenger experience.