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U.S. and Canada Expand Immigration Information Sharing

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on January 24, 2013

Just last month, the U.S. and Canada entered into a visa and immigration information sharing agreement, which will enable both parties to share information about third country nationals who apply for visas or travel permits.

Under the agreement, border officers can send to each other automated data requests for biographic information in 2013 and biometric information in 2014. In this way, officials can discover whether an individual has been previously refused a visa in either country for any reason, or whether an individual has possible multiple identities, or might have other aspects of his or her past that are suspicious.

Of course, any information shared between officials must be handled responsibly in accord with applicable domestic laws. Under this agreement, information will not be shared regarding U.S. or Canadian citizens or legal permanent residents.The objective of the information sharing is to better identify third-party nationals who might pose a risk, and to do so well before they enter our borders.

If you have been turned down for an immigrant visa and you think there may be false or incomplete information to blame, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (847)564-0712 to speak with a qualified lawyer for assistance. You can also check out our immigration law Website to see how we might otherwise assist you.