Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

November 23, 2010 17:01 ET

New Change Builds Bridges With Trusted and Valued International Partners

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2010) - A new policy under Canada's immigration law will further facilitate the temporary entry of certain persons into Canada, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced today.

In May, Minister Kenney announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) was reviewing its admissibility policy, which is grounded in immigration law. The law, which is deliberately broad, may at times create irritants with our valued international partners.

"I saw the need for greater flexibility within the law and asked my department to review the policy," said Minister Kenney. "I am happy to report that I have approved a change that will allow exactly that required flexibility. A number of governments raised with me their desire for greater flexibility in the admission of their officials. This new policy is a preliminary step in the overall review of CIC's admissibility policy."

This policy will allow the Minister or a delegate, following appropriate review, to exempt certain foreign nationals from the inadmissibility provisions in Canada's immigration law for temporary entry. The aim is to advance Canada's national interests and to minimize bilateral irritants, while continuing to ensure the safety of Canadians.

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