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Post-9/11, visa officers still just 'winging' it

posted Nov 25, 2011, 10:42 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Nov 25, 2011, 10:42 PM ]
Woefully inexperienced and lacking the information to make clear judgments, most officials are forced to rely on gut feelings, audit suggests
 
By Michael Den Tandt, Postmedia News November 23, 2011 Vancouver Sun

Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency, with help from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the RCMP, have a tough job. They must weed out wannabe visitors who've "engaged in spying, subversion, terrorism or acts of violence," or belong to organizations that have engaged in such.

They must identify and block applicants who "have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity" or were senior members of a government guilty of such crimes. And they must spot mobsters, common criminals and people carrying infectious diseases that pose a threat to public health.

In practice, precious little spotting goes on.

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