Protecting Canada’s Immigration System

On June 28, 2012, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act (Bill C-31) received Royal Assent. This legislation:

  • Brings further reforms to the asylum system,
  • Adds measures to address human smuggling, and
  • Adds the requirement to include biometric data as part of a temporary resident visa, work permit, and study permit application.

Canada’s asylum system

Changes to Canada’s asylum system came into effect on December 15, 2012.

Under the Balanced Refugee Reform Act and the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, all eligible asylum claimants will still get a fair oral hearing before the independent Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Changes to the Asylum System

Human Smuggling


What kinds of fraud should newcomers watch out for?

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