The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a joint report on the findings of Phase I of the Entry/Exit Initiative. The report demonstrates progress in establishing a coordinated Entry/Exit information system that enhances border security. This report also demonstrates that Canada and the United States (U.S.) are continuing to deliver on key commitments under the Beyond the Border Action Plan.
As part of Phase I, the CBSA and DHS exchanged routine biographic entry information – collected between September 30, 2012, and January 15, 2013 – of third-country nationals (those who are neither citizens of Canada nor of the U.S.), permanent residents of Canada and lawful permanent residents of the United States at four land ports of entry in British Columbia/Washington State and in Ontario/New York. Phase I tested the concept of an Entry/Exit system for both countries through the exchange of information, such that a record of entry into one country becomes a record of exit from the other.
Both Canada and the U.S. found the following from biographic entry records exchanged from the four ports of entry selected for Phase I:
• entry and exit records were reconciled, thereby indicating whether a third-country national complied with the terms of his or her admission/entry;
• potential overstays were identified;
• potential unexecuted immigration warrants were identified; and
• opportunities exist to identify document anomalies or fraud.
Date: May 17, 2013