Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act Becomes Law

Protecting the Safety and Security of Canadian Families

Ottawa, June 20, 2013 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism  Minister Jason Kenney welcomed the final passage and Royal Assent of The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act,  which speeds up the removal of dangerous foreign criminals from Canada.

This new law will keep  Canadians safer by ending endless appeals and loopholes that were being used by  dangerous foreign criminals to delay their deportation, during which time many  committed more crimes,” said Minister Kenney. “Canadians can now feel more confident  in the integrity of our immigration system because violent criminals and  fraudsters will be kept out while genuine visitors are welcome.

The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, strengthens the integrity  of Canada’s immigration system by amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to:

  1. Make it easier for the  Government to remove dangerous foreign criminals from Canada;
  2. Make it harder for those who  may pose a risk to Canada to enter our country in the first place; and
  3. Remove unnecessary barriers  for genuine visitors who want to come to Canada.

The Faster  Removal of Foreign Criminals Act has received widespread acclaim, including  support from the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs, the Canadian Police  Association, Victims of Violence and Immigrants for Canada, among many others.

The Government is delivering on its commitment to deport dangerous foreign  criminals faster by limiting their access to the Immigration and Refugee  Board’s Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). This will reduce the amount of time certain criminals may remain  in Canada by up to 18 months, preventing them from committing more crimes against innocent, law-abiding  Canadians.

Another change in the legislation ensures that foreign  nationals who are inadmissible on the most serious grounds – security, human or  international rights violations, or organized criminality – are no longer able  to delay their removal by applying for a program that is meant for cases  deserving of humanitarian and compassionate consideration. This change is  consistent with the government’s no safe haven policy.

Other changes to protect the safety and security of  Canadians include a new Ministerial authority to refuse temporary entry in  exceptional cases, and increased penalties for those who try to cheat the  system.

The legislation also facilitates the temporary entry  of low-risk individuals who would have previously been refused entry because  one of their family members was deemed inadmissible for non-security reasons,  such as health.

Canadians are generous and welcoming people, but they  have no tolerance for criminals and fraudsters abusing our generosity,” said  Minister Kenney.  “We want an immigration  system that is open to genuine visitors, while at the same time prevents the  entry of foreign criminals and denies them the ability to endlessly abuse our  generosity.