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Will police contact immigration authorities?

If you call the police for help, they might contact immigration authorities to ask about your status. The police computer system will show if there is an immigration warrant for your arrest. Immigration authorities usually create a warrant if you:

  • do not show up for a hearing or appointment with immigration officials
  • were scheduled to leave Canada on a specific date but did not show up

Warrant: a document that allows the police or immigration authorities to arrest you.

If you do not have permanent resident status, talk to an immigration lawyer right away, once you are in a safe place.