Faster Removal Criminals Act to Fast-tract Deportation from Canada

Toronto Immigration ConsultantNew legislation has been introduced by Honorable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism regarding the expedition of removing foreign criminals from Canada in order to enhance Canada’s safety and security.

Focus of Faster Removal Criminals Act

The legislation, known as the Faster Removal Criminals Act is focused on three areas of the law:

  1. Make it easier for the federal government to remove dangerous foreign criminals from Canada;

  2. Make it more difficult for those individuals who may pose a risk to Canada to be able to enter the country;

  3. Remove obstacles for genuine visitors who would like to come to Canada.

The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act is allowing the government to deliver on its promise to fast-track the process of deporting convicted criminals by limiting their access to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Immigration Appeal Division.  Such limitation will reduce the amount of time certain criminals will be allowed to remain in Canada by up to 14 months.

Amendments to IRPA affecting temporary entry

Additional amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act including protecting the safety and security of all Canadians under a new authority which will be used to refuse temporary entry in exceptional cases and increased penalties for those who try to defraud the system.

These added amendments will update the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and complement the recent changes in Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act as well as the Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.

Quick view on Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act was enacted into law on June 28, 2002.  The Act provides a framework intended to reap the economic, social and cultural benefits of immigration, while protecting the health, safety, and security of Canadians.

The Act’s objectives are achieved through a set of provisions governing who is admissible to enter Canada.  Individuals who are considered “inadmissible” to Canada are not usually allowed to enter Canada, either as a temporary or permanent resident.

Individuals may be inadmissible under nine different categories:

  • • Security
  • • Human or international rights violations,
  • • Organized criminality,
  • • Serious criminality,
  • • Health concerns
  • • Financial reasons,
  • • Misrepresentation,
  • • Non-compliance, and
  • • An inadmissible family member.

There are a variety of ways to overcome inadmissibility in order to enter or remain in Canada such as individual or deemed criminal rehabilitation, record suspension (formerly called “pardons” in Canada), an exemption from inadmissibility on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds from the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and permanent relief from inadmissibility from the Minister of Public Safety.

Facing Removal from Canada?

Individuals who are at risk of deportation or removal from Canada should seek legal assistance to learn of the many possibilities to keep their status on certain grounds. There are times when an immigrant is allowed to stay in Canada even after committing an offense that is not necessarily a threat to national security.

To learn more about other options, it is best to contact one of Niren and Associates’ Immigration lawyers whose main office is stationed in Toronto. They are really good at evaluating clients cases and finding solutions to immigration problems.

Niren and Associates have been dealing with all areas of immigration for over 15 years and have so far helped countless clients to either move to Canada or retain their hard-earned status as citizens or lawful permanent residents. To speak to one of their skilled lawyers, you may call 1-866-929-0991 or email [email protected].

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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