Information collected from immigrants at the Canadian border is to help checkmate the number of people coming into the country; this is done not only for immigrants but also for emigrants.
Going into any country, one needs to acquire certain documents, to enable the government to protect its citizens and control the country’s activities; this will allow them to know the number of people currently in the country and the number of citizens outside the country.
Most countries have security issues because they’re their border officers cannot keep a good record of people entering and exiting the country; that’s why the Canadian government has made rules and empowered their border officers to handle this function to improve the country’s security.
There are some other reasons why travelers have to submit their details at the Canadian border, they include;
- Verifying your residency permit or visa to process an ongoing application.
- Check if a Temporary Resident has overstayed their admission period in Canada
- Check for fraud and identity theft
- Ensure that your sponsors reside in Canada (if you are being sponsored)
- Verify the residency of spouses and partners under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class;
- Verify whether or not a refugee claimant entered Canada using their travel documents.
Lately, the Canadian minister in charge of travel and international matters has released a new list of information required from travelers by the border officers before anyone can leave or enter Canada.
Information collected from immigrants at the Canadian border
Though the border officers collect this information from travelers but are not to disclose them to any person or organization outside the appointed people and organization assigned to manage them when the need arises; it’s to make sure that the travelers’ privacy is respected.
The information required is listed below;
- Date of birth;
- Country of citizenship;
- Passport details;
- Date of entry or exit;
- Data displayed in the Global Case Management System for immigration and citizenship applicants such as;
- Client identification (i.e., family name and given names, gender, date of birth, country of birth, and ),
- Contact information and history, educational, and employment information.
The government has also given the travelers the right to request a copy of the data collected from them, to help them keep record and correct errors that may emerge from the mistake of the border officers or the organizations or persons appointed to take charge of such information.
Some of the organizations and persons that are to take charge of the information collected from travelers are;
List of Authorized Organizations and Persons Allowed Access to Your Details
- Border services officers and superintendents;
- Criminal investigations officers and analysts;
- Document analysts;
- Hearings officers and hearings advisors;
- Inland enforcement officers and enforcement case officers;
- Intelligence officers and intelligence analysts;
- National Border Operations Centre officers;
- National Security Screening Division officers and analysts;
- National Targeting Centre (NTC) targeting officers;
- NTC targeting operations intelligence; and
- Trusted traveler officers.
In addition to the above listed organizations that take charge of travelers’ information, the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) also has information-sharing agreements with the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).