In this March 6, 2019 file photo, expatriators can register at a local expatriating agency in Quebec City, Canada.
Canadian immigration officials have announced a crackdown on expatriations that has led to some expatriated people being kicked out of Canada and others being barred from the country entirely.
(Reuters / David McNew) The crackdown comes after Canada became embroiled in an ongoing debate over the country’s immigration system.
In late April, the country announced that it was suspending visa requirements for Canadians who have lived in the country for less than five years.
This means Canadians who don’t qualify for a work visa can now apply for a citizenship visa.
Expatriate law, also known as expatriacy law, is a Canadian law that allows citizens to temporarily leave Canada for periods of up to 180 days, without a work permit.
This also applies to non-citizens, and the rules can be confusing.
The Quebec-based Expatriates Council of Canada said the government is “exacting” the expatriage restrictions.
Quebec’s minister of immigration, social services and social development said the restrictions will affect Canadians living in Quebec, but not all expatriats.
“We don’t have any statistics to show how many Canadians are affected by the expat restrictions, but they’re certainly there,” said Marie-Eve Gagnon.
“The vast majority of expatriatic workers are still able to live and work in Canada.”
“It’s not the same thing as being kicked from the family, but there is a very specific situation in which it can happen,” said Andrew MacDonald, director of the Centre for Immigration Studies.
MacDonald said expatriat workers who have not been given a work or work-permit visa for more than five months will now be unable to apply to work or obtain a passport.
The move also impacts a large number of expats who have been living in Canada for the past five years and who are currently seeking to obtain a Canadian passport, he said.
MacDonald noted that a small percentage of expat workers can apply for citizenship through a work-permits program, while the majority of others will not be able to do so because of expantations.
The government is not the only one to take a hard line on expats, however.
In January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was halting the issuance of temporary visas for expats and said the process was designed to reduce the number of visa applications being processed by foreign embassies and consulates.
The department also said it would require all new temporary visas to be approved by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare before they are issued.
In Canada, the expats are also being told they can’t apply for visas at the Canada Border Services Agency, where they can get work permits, and can’t visit the country.
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Department said it is also blocking the application of a number of foreigners who had lived in Canada longer than five days, even if they are already in the U, for reasons such as health or family reasons.