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Canada Border Service Agency will receive biographic exit data from commercial air carriers


In 2020, the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) will receive biographic exit data from commercial air carriers in the framework of the Entry-Exit Initiative. Once collected, the CBSA may disclose this information to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC will then be able to use the information directly to verify: residency requirements; if a temporary residence applicant has previously overstayed their allowable period of admission in Canada; that sponsors are residing in Canada where required by law; relationships and compliance with conditions for spouses and partners applying for or admitted under the family class; if a refugee claimant entered Canada using their travel documents, etc. The tracking and collection of entry and exit data will help Canadian immigration authorities to determine whether someone has stayed in Canada illegally or is breaking other immigration rules.

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