Procedures for processing urgent protection cases: Criminality and security screening

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Once a decision has been made to accept a case for urgent processing, security checks should be initiated.


Initiate security and criminality checks


The visa office should initiate criminality and security screening immediately following a tentative positive decision. Urgent background checks will require liaison with the Security Liaison Officer (SLO), whether at the visa office or in another location, in person or by phone.


Refer cases to Case Management Branch, if necessary


The officer refers a case to Case Management Branch (BCD) for more investigation where there are negative results of a security or criminal background check. BCD can advise the officer if there are other considerations for admissibility and the officer should consider the information provided by BCD when making their decision on admissibility.

When cases are referred to the Case Management Branch for investigation, the 3-5 day target may not be met. An estimated turn- around would be determined by Case Management and the officer can inform UNHCR in the event that UNHCR may wish to refer the case to another resettlement country.

Please ensure that copies of the applicant's IMM 0008, any additional referral information and any other information that can assist with screening are forwarded to the Case Management Branch.

Criminality and security risk management

On the basis of country conditions and local information, profiling and any other available tools, the SLO will provide an assessment of the risks to the officer regarding the nature and degree of any risk. The officer will decide whether any perceived risk outweighs the need for urgent protection.

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