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Points of Entry

How Canada’s Immigration Officers Decide Who Gets in

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Points of Entry

How Canada’s Immigration Officers Decide Who Gets in

Every year, over 1.3 million people apply to visit, work, or settle in Canada and discover that their future rests in visa officers’ hands. How do these officers decide who gets in? Seeking answers to this question, Vic Satzewich gained access to eleven overseas visa offices. Points of Entry reveals immigration officers in action as they determine credibility and risk. Contrary to popular opinion, individual bias rarely enters into their decisions. Instead, a combination of experience, organizational culture, and accumulated local knowledge shapes their decision to issue a visa or dig deeper into some people’s stories and histories.

306 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Stated and Hidden Agendas

2 Delegated Discretion

3 Immigration Policy

4 Visa Offices and Officers

5 Approval and Refusal Rates

6 Spousal and Partner Sponsorships

7 Federal Skilled Workers

8 Visitor Visas

9 The Interview

Conclusion

Appendix

Notes, References, Index

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