U.S. and Canada announce agreement to share some Visa and Immigration Information

U.S. Department of State announced on December 13, 2012, an agreement with Canada for limited Visa and Immigration Information sharing. The Information sharing agreement will be for third country nationals applying for a visa or claiming asylum. Neither country will share any data about their own citizens.

This sharing agreement will increase the amount of information used by immigration and refugee protection officers and will help them to make better informed decisions. Under this agreement biographic immigration information sharing will start in 2013 and biometric sharing will start in 2014.

Source of Information: “U.S. Dept. of State PRESS Release, Washington, DC (12/14/2012)