CBSA updates Entry Exit Program to collect biographic information

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Flying to Canada anytime soon? You should know that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will now collect biographic information from you.




WHAT IS THE CBSA?

The CBSA is the Government of Canada agency responsible for facilitating the flow of legitimate travellers and trade to and from Canada.

CBSA officers keeps Canada safe by enforcing more than 90 acts and regulation.




UPDATED ENTRY/EXIT PROGRAM

CBSA collects basic biographic information from travellers who enter and exit Canada by land and air.

This is done to provide CBSA with a traveller’s complete travel history, which strengthens border management.

Biographic information gathered includes a traveller’s first, middle and last name, date of birth, nationality and citizenship, gender, travel document number and issuing country.

Biographic information gathered by CBSA is kept for a maximum of 15 years.

Starting June 25, all airline companies will have to provide CBSA with detailed electronic passenger manifests of every single crew member and passenger leaving Canada on their planes.

This new directive is part of the Entry/Exit Program which is used to verify a passenger’s travel history.

All airline companies operating international flights in Canada are expected to comply by June 2021.

Other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and the United States are also implementing similar programs.

CBSA shares information from the program with different government agencies including Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), which use the information to determine residency requirements for different programs and services.

CBSA is also expected to use the information from the program to enforce travel restrictions in cases such as global pandemics.

Canada and the United States have been sharing information about travellers crossing their shared land border since June 18, 2019. Using biographic information gathered from the program, both countries can establish a record of travellers entry from one country to the other.

On a case-by-case basis, travellers who intentionally lie to CBSA officers about the amount of time they spent in Canada or abroad can be considered criminally inadmissible.





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