Hi my name is Jade Calver.
Today I'll beanswering some questions about the new entry/exit program for Canada and whatit means for people trying to enter Canada and for those who are already inCanada.
So what is it? The new entry/exit program is essentially an update to howCanada tracks people coming in and out of the country.
There's lots of jargononline about what it means but I'll try to explain it so that it's as simple aspossible.
Essentially right now (until the new program is implemented), Canadatracked everyone coming into the country but they didn't necessarily track whowas leaving.
So with different applications you know the governmentessentially just relied on stamps in passports and what an applicant declaredin an immigration application as the truth.
So they relied on that todetermine if a person was telling the truth about whether they were in Canada, whenthey entered Canada, etc.
Now, obviously with the new entry/exit, program they'regoing to track entries and exits as the name indicates and so it's going tochange things a little bit for people applying for immigration.
So we'll gothrough some of the directions from Immigration Canada and then I'll commenta little bit on what this means.
I think that a lot of people are underestimating how it's going to affect people's cases and I think that wereally need to pay attention to this program.
One of the changes that ImmigrationCanada has listed it as that they'll be able to verify residency requirementswith regards to a few different applications.
So one of them beinggrants of citizenship.
So this is very important so again in the past we saidwhen someone submits a citizenship application, obviously they need to makethe residency requirement in Canada Before, again an officer I relied just onstamps and passports some proof of travel history exit entry records fromthe US a lot of the time to show that an applicant was in Canada.
Now CBSA isinformation sharing.
So the Border Agency is sharing information Canada soImmigration Canada is going to know exactly when an applicant who's applyingfor citizenship was in Canada.
So it's very important again to keep those datesstraight and make sure that they're correct on an application.
Anotherimportant thing to think about is permanent residency cards so of courseyou need to meet the residency requirement so two out of every five yearsbeing in Canada.
Obviously in the news we've seen lots of people who haven'tbeen doing that and who have been caught but as we all know I suspect there are agreater number of people who are actually not meeting these residencyrequirements.
So now Canada is going to be able to know, right? Especially peoplewho are coming around and by land border If they didn't necessarily keep track withwho was entering, when they were entering, when they were leaving.
So now those loopholes, essentially the Canadian government, Immigration Canada is closingany availability for non-compliance with the residency requirement.
So it's goingto be very careful for people to comply with their residency requirements goingforward even more so than before.
In addition it so Immigration Canada hasa few other points that they're going to use this exit information for.
So theyname verifying sponsors that are residing in Canada so this is importantif you're sponsoring a common-law partner or a spouse under the family classand if you're a permanent resident.
As you know you need to live in Canada ifyou're sponsoring as a permanent resident so they canverify that you're telling the truth that you actually live in Canada.
Same thing for certain common-law partnerships.
Obviously you have to beliving together in Canada.
So if you have actually left the country for two yearsand then you declare that you're living common law but you weren't actually in Canada whenyou put in your application that you were obviously that would be a problem.
Same thing for people who have refugee claims who often in a refugee claim theidea is that they enter Canada without identity documents.
Whereas this is goingto make it a lot more difficult if someone actually did enter a landborder crossing to say that they didn't enter with passports.
Again if we havethose entry/exit – if immigration Canada has those entry-exit records.
Thenobviously they touch on that and this is essentially what my commentary is.
They'rereally trying to protect against immigration fraud and so again it'sbecoming even more important to make sure that you provide accurateinformation.
They didn't actually touch on it in their announcement but I think for temporary residents too – a lot of the time, especially students, they need to beactively in Canada pursuing studies.
So I think that they'll look when peopleare earning study permits and work permits they'll want to see that they'rehere either studying or working when they renew a new workpermit and make sure that they accurately represented when they were inCanada.
So that's everything today when it comes to the new entry-exit programbetween IRCC & CBSA.
If you have any questions about how this could affectyour application you can contact our firm.
Our website is calverimmigrationservices.
Thanks very much.