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The Canadian Government’s recently introduced Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act has passed the House of Commons, and if it were to officially pass it would make it easier for the government to deport permanent residents who commit crimes.
Currently, it is difficult for the government to deport individuals from Canada because of procedural delays and appeals. As a result, people scheduled to be deported from Canada remain in the country for longer.
Some of the chances the bill would make include:
Currently, only people who have committed a crime resulting in more than two years in jail can be deported without appeal.
Some examples of offenses in Canada that can come with six-month jail sentences (which are considered minor offenses or summary offenses) include public nudity, vagrancy, trespassing at night, disturbing religious worship, engaging in a prize fight, theft under $5,000, defacing coins, mailing obscene materials, harassing telephone calls and loitering.
While it is understandable that the government should be able to remove dangerous criminals from the country faster, stripping someone of permanent resident status and deporting them from Canada for loitering is not the answer.
Are you living in Canada with permanent resident status and worried about deportation? It is important that you seek the advice of a qualified immigration lawyer. Book a consultation online or fill out our Free Online Assessment form for more information. We can help!
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