Native iOS, Web
UX Designer, Visual Designer
Most visa applications take place through travel agencies, take weeks to process and are unnecessarily expensive. AriaDirect aims to condense this process into a versatile, standalone travel platform.
Given a unique opportunity to connect with various consulates, AriaDirect is able to expedite the visa application process and send it straight to review, greatly reducing the pain point for business travelers.
I worked as the sole UX designer with a team of developers overseas, working on the iOS and web applications.
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AriaDirect Current Clients
How might we simplify the visa application process?
Visa applications are often a tedious process. Going through forms is an ordeal, and requires multiple items to be collected in order to submit. AriaDirect aims to centralize this process into a cohesive app.
Phase 1: Simplifying the Visa Application Process
Categorizing Visa Types
The visa application process for many countries is a complicated and time consuming task. In Vietnam (our first visa application market), there are roughly 20 different visa types, most of which can be condensed into a few categories with tiers based on entry type, duration, and purpose. We simplified the decision process by categorizing these visas into tiers based on time sensitivity and requirement uniqueness.
Condensing the Application
We condensed the process into 6 main steps based off commonalities. These steps were comprised of entry form sections that would be parsed into the actual application on the backend, and sent directly to the consulate.
Once we simplified the process, I worked with engineering to identify which sections in the form adhered to each section. Since we only had a limited amount of engineering resources, in order to push design to production in time, I had to optimize the design in order to making sure it was easy enough for engineering to develop. Certain interactions such as animations, etc. had to be compromised to simplify the design.
Phase 2: Identifying Supporting Features
Facilitators and Reminders
We added features centered around the Visa Application process, categorized into Facilitators and/or Reminders. Facilitators would help a user reduce the amount of time needed to complete an application, while Reminders would instigate repeated usage. We had to make sure that all features were still supporting the MVP, and wouldn’t lead the users away from completing the visa application:
Simplified Visa Applications
Applications All In App
Business travelers often complain about the lengthy visa application process. AriaDirect has simplified it into 6 steps, allowing users to submit the form in less than 5 minutes.
Application User Flow
Visa Status Updates
Keep Track of Applications
After submitting an application, AriaDirect will help keep track of status updates, from approvals to delivery. AriaDirect will also reach out to users if an application is rejected to help correct any errors.
Reducing Input Time
Passport Scans will greatly decrease the time it takes to input details. AriaDirect has engineered a way to identify a majority of the fields simply by scanning or uploading a passport. AriaDirect also doesn’t store passport photo data to avoid privacy issues.
Quick Visa Lookups
Not all countries need a visa based on your details. AriaDirect provides a quick lookup to see if the country you’re visiting needs a visa for entry.
Initial Results and Feedback
We’re currently finalizing a formal launch for our iOS and web services; however, we have done some early testing with our clients. Initial qualitative feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and we’ve been able to successfully reduce the visa approvals time from 2 weeks to less than 2 days.
Future Considerations and Limitations
My Trips Features
We’re currently scoping out a My Trips feature that allows people to create itineraries, which can help keep track of travel plans as well as identifying times when people need to apply or renew visas, as well as passports.
We are also currently building a desktop site that can help submit bulk visas in addition to standard submissions.
Due to lack in developer resource as well as initial funding, I had to work through a variety of limitations - in the future I would want to have a more official level of UX Research and Testing, as well as an Analytics platform to integrate into the app to monitor quantitative performance to identify future opportunities of optimization.