IRCC Minister Transition Binder 2019: Visa and Visitor Policy


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and its partners work collaboratively to facilitate the legitimate movement of people by managing access to Canada.

Immigration screening is a critical tool used to manage entry to Canada, helping to facilitate genuine travelers; protect the health, safety, and security of Canadians; and maintain public confidence in the immigration program.

How Immigration Screening Works

All visitors to Canada must undergo immigration screening.

However, the type of screening depends on the level of risk posed by a visitor: lower-risk visitors can apply online for an electronic travel authorization; higher-risk visitors must apply for a temporary resident visa.

This level of risk is determined by nationality:

Making Visa Policy Decisions

Canada’s Visa Policy Framework

Visa policy decisions require careful management

Current Status

More and more people want to visit Canada

Application Process

IRCC’s Visa Processing Capacity

Key Takeaways

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