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Canada limits immigration services at 12 border crossings

Canada has begun to limit the practice of flagpoling at 12 ports of entry. Flagpoling, a legal procedure that enables individuals on temporary residence permits to attain same-day immigration services by exiting and re-entering the country within a 24-hour period, is typically performed at designated locations at land border crossings. Despite its legality, the practice has drawn criticism from Canadian and US entities and is now curtailed at 12 crossing points. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced this measure as an attempt to enhance efficiency during high-traffic periods and allow officers to concentrate on high-priority cases such as trade facilitation, high-risk travellers, and asylum seekers.

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