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Canada has updated the guidelines for the Entry/Exit Program

February 22, 2022

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Canada Updated Entry Exit Program Guidelines

On January 27, 2022, the Canadian government released changes to the Entry/Exit Program. This is a joint initiative of the United States and Canada under the Borderlands Action Plan. The program allows the government's immigration department to obtain information on persons visiting Canada from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to monitor the number of migrants, as well as applicants for residence permits and permanent residency.

The program contains information about arrivals by land and air, as well as travelers' passport information, country of citizenship, date of border crossing and other data contained in a special electronic immigration processing system (GCMS). Airline termination information is expected to become available soon (registration is being maintained as of June 25, 2020). Data on border crossings by sea and rail are not yet available.

The Customs Act allows the Border Guard to collect information on travelers' border crossings by all types of vehicles except sea and rail. Under Section 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act and Memorandum of Understanding, CBSA and IRCC share this data to enforce the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Travelers' consent is not required to request border crossing data.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officials may not disclose data, but in some cases, it is necessary to do so to comply with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) under memorandums and related agreements. If disclosure is not covered by existing data sharing agreements, the case is regulated by the Border Services Agency.

The information is used when processing applications for residence permits, permanent residence permits, citizenship, visitor's entry permits, student and work permits, and electronic travel authorizations (eTAs). Travelers can request their travel history or apply to have it corrected by sending a request to the CBSA.

Source: Newscanadaimmigration

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