AG: Recurrent flaws in Canada's visa system

Security manuals used by visa officers date back to 1999

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has once again failed to address persistent shortcomings, the fall report of the auditor general noted. “I find it disturbing that fundamental weaknesses still exist,” Interim Auditor General John Wiersema told reporters at a news conference. The audit highlighted a number of problems including security manuals for visa officers dating back to 1999, and an equally outdated focus of the medical screening process on syphilis and tuberculosis. It means that CIC and the Canada Border Services Agency “don’t know if a visa was issued to someone who was in fact inadmissible,” Wiersema said.


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