Canada fast-tracking International Experience Canada Work Permits with a new AI tool
On November 7, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) enhanced the processing of International Experience Canada work permits through expanded automation. A new tool will triage applications based on complexity and approve eligibility for routine applications, increasing efficiency and supporting the growth of the IEC. This tool, part of IRCC’s commitment to technology, undertakes most clerical tasks and directs applications to officers based on their expertise. The new tool will identify routine applications for streamlined processing, with final decisions made by an officer.
The use of automated tools is part of IRCC’s commitment to responsibly using technology to build a stronger immigration system for all of our clients. The tools are examined on a regular basis by IRCC to ensure that they work as intended and that the results are consistent with applications that receive a full human review.
The IEC work permit tool’s triage function handles the majority of the clerical and repetitive tasks associated with sorting applications, allowing officers to focus on assessing applications and making final decisions. The tool triages applications using rules created by experienced IRCC officers and based on the program’s legislative and regulatory criteria. Based on office capabilities and officer expertise, files are routed to officers for further processing.
Using criteria developed by officers, the tool’s eligibility function identifies routine applications for streamlined processing. The file is subsequently sent to an officer who will decide whether the applicant is admissible to Canada. Applications whose eligibility is not automatically approved may still be manually approved after being reviewed by an officer. Only an IRCC officer has the authority to refuse an application; the automated tool does not refuse or recommend refusal.
IRCC is committed to developing and deploying data-driven technologies responsibly, in accordance with privacy requirements and human rights protection. As part of this work, and in accordance with Canada’s Treasury Board Directive on Automated Decision-Making, an algorithmic impact assessment (AIA) of the tool used to process IEC work permit applications was completed.
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