From February 2019, the Canadian Immigration Service was able to identify all foreigners, permanent residents and citizens entering Canada from the United States by land. And from June 2020, the system will also be improved so that all visitors who fly to and from Canada can also can be identified. In the future, if a traveler leaves Canada or enters the country by land or air, the entry/exit information will be sent to the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA). Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can then obtain name, birth date, nationality, gender and entry/exit date collected by the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) via the entry and exit program.

Due to the new immigration system in Canada, much of it is expected to be carried out accurately and fairly. This system improvement will directly affect your work permit, study permit, visitor Permit, permanent residency and Canadian citizenship applications.

The information collected through the program can be used to confirm how long a temporary resident has previously stayed in Canada and if he or she stayed longer than what they were allowed to reside. This will affect on eTA, work permit, study permit, and visitor permit applications and their extensions. This information makes it easy for immigration to investigate individual qualifications for travel documents in Canada and can prevent identity and travel documents fraud in advance.

Permanent residents will be affected by the extension of their permanent residency card, application for citizenship and immigration to their families. This program allows you to track the dates of your residence in Canada. This will help you determine whether you have met the minimum 730 days of residence in Canada every 5 years to maintain your permanent residency and have lived in Canada for more than 1,095 days within the last 5 years to apply for your Canadian citizenship. In addition, family invitations can be sent to Canada to determine whether the invitees live together, apply from overseas, or meet the eligibility requirements. Immigration data is used to help check for potential loss of permanent residency status and false statements.

While this new system is expected to provide more accurate information about applicants, there are also concerns that information will be misrepresented in the system. If the information is misplaced due to a system error, the traveler may request a copy of his personal travel record and if he finds the error, he may request the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) to correct it.

The new program will have a significant impact on applying for permanent residency and citizenship as well as temporary resident permits in Canada in the future. As all immigration records are detailed, you should be more careful about applying for permits, permanent residency, and citizenship by filling out detailed information the date you enter and exit the country. We also expect the system to shorten the process of applications, as applicants can apply with more accurate information.