Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen today met with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship for Canada Ahmed Hussen in Washington, D.C to reaffirm their commitment to working together on immigration and border security issues. She was joined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna and representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
As part of ongoing dialogue between both governments, Secretary Nielsen and Minister Hussen discussed bilateral collaboration on immigration, visa, and traveler screening policies, as well as migration challenges faced by each country.
During the meeting, Secretary Nielsen and Minister Hussen agreed that the integrity of our countries’ immigration systems and asylum processes is of shared importance. More specifically, the Secretary and Minister expressed their shared interest in mitigating misuse of visas, or visa exempt processes, to gain entry into the other country. Secretary Nielsen noted that if you enter the United States on a valid visa and apply for asylum in Canada, you are likely to find your U.S. visa revoked and your ability to travel impeded.
Secretary Nielsen also reaffirmed the Department’s commitment to working with Canada to monitor and analyze the cross-border migration flows along the shared border.