Section 10(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that:
10. Everyone has the right on arrest or detention
(b) to retain and instruct counsel without delay and to be informed of that right; and
In the immigration context, the right to counsel does not arise at most secondary examinations, unless the person is actually arrested or retained.
As such, the Canada Border Services Agency’s (“CBSA“) general policy is not to permit counsel at examination if detention has not occurred. In practice, officers will often waive this policy if they are satisfied that legal representatives will not interfere with the examination process.Read more ›
There are currently thousands of young adults each year who come to Canada through an International Experience Canada exchange. Those coming under the Working Holiday program receive open work permits, while those coming under the International Co-Op and the Young Professionals programs receive employer-specific work permits.Read more ›