Biometric data-sharing with the USA is barring Mexican workers from Canada

A new immigration biometric screening requirement introduced by Canada is worsening a chronic labour shortage at Maritime seafood processing plants, just as the two lucrative fisheries in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are about to open. According to CBC, applications from 11 Mexican temporary foreign workers were rejected last month because biometric data indicated they did not disclose that they had been refused American visas in the past. Approvals for dozens of Mexican applicants have been delayed and a decision is pending. In 2019, applicants for the work permits from the Americas have been subject to automatic immigration information data-sharing between Canada and the United States. The applicants were denied entry for failure to be completely honest on their Canadian application forms.

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