A Halifax-based start-up is hoping to make it easier for international students to navigate the application process to get into Canada.
Dalhousie University computer science graduate students Ruhi Madiwale, Dhivya Jayaraman, and JeyaBalaji Samuthiravelu are the founders of RovBOT, a chat bot that will answer international students’ questions about the visa application process using Facebook Messenger.
“As we are international students, we know the problem of getting visas to Canada. It’s a hectic process,” said Samuthiravelu, the team’s mobile and web technician.
Samuthiravelu said for people like he and his cofounders, who are all from India, time zone differences can make it difficult to speak to someone on the phone and meet deadlines for applications.
RovBOT will learn the ins and outs of Canada’s visa applications, and then be able to answer applicants’ questions in real time.