The Type Of Information Collected From Travelers At The Canadian Border

The Information collected from travelers who are traveling in or out of Canada is used to confirm the traveler’s identity, status in Canada, traveler’s destination, reasons for traveling or visiting, and so many other reasons.

Most of the information requested help the border officers increase the security and safety of the citizens and immigrants in Canada and others for other important reasons.

Other Reasons May 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.

Recently, the Canadian government in charge of travel and international matters released updates on the type of information the border officials are required to obtain from travelers before they are allowed in or out of Canada.

This information is mostly shared with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

  • 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.

What Are The Information Requested?

The information collected from travelers is disclosed to any other organization or persons except those on the aforementioned list. The information is usually not released until the need arises or a special request and authorized access are granted to any of the listed persons or organizations.

Some of the Information requested is:

  • Name;
  • 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, etc.),
  • Contact information and history, educational, and employment information.

As a traveler, you the right to request for the hardcopy or softcopy of your personal travel history to allow you to do your own valuation, and detect errors.

Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) has information-sharing agreements with the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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