Over 97% of travelers feel that applying for visas is the most stressful part of travel planning. From figuring out what’s required to filling up lengthy forms, preparing a visa application takes 6 hours on average. The current process also involves several physical touch points such as getting photos and applications notarized in-person. In a covid-impacted world, travelers are actively seeking digital alternatives that do not involve such interactions.
Atlas, a San Francisco-based startup, is on a mission to fix this problem. Its revolutionary mobile app cuts down the time taken to prepare a visa application to under 60 seconds. It does so by automating all aspects of visa preparation - from form filling, to generating supporting documents as well as providing expert guidance.
Atlas works by asking travelers a few simple questions about themselves and their travel plans, and generates a complete visa application in real-time. In addition, travelers are able to book visa appointments, notarize their documents remotely, and get AI-powered expert assistance.
Founder and CEO Mohak Nahta says “visas are a prerequisite to travel but wasting hours on visa preparation is inherently prohibitive for the modern-day traveler. Atlas is doing for visas what TurboTax did for taxes.” Mohak draws from years of experience in leading the development of successful internet products, and sits on the panels of prominent technology-focused events.
Atlas is the only application of its kind on the Apple App Store and has fundamentally reshaped visa preparation infrastructure. The app is currently out in the United States, and will be rolled out internationally in the coming months.