This morning my client was called in for an interview which was conducted by an officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
I attended, and in response to my question regarding the underpinning authority for such an examination, was advised that it was an examination pursuant to s.15 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Just like refugee eligibility interviews, there was a limited scope for counsel to participate in such an interview.
CSIS has a mandate of course; the majority of questions however did not seem to be particularly directed. It would seem that my clients profile itself gave rise to this 'screening' type of interview. Many of the questions surrounded how the client (illegally) travelled to Canada, his/her residence here and their contacts with the local expatriate community. Given the client's personal history, many questions were asked in regards to military service and special training received.
Such an interview/examination will give undoubtedly give rise to deep anxiety.
It is likely that CSIS would prepare a report or memo to CIC and the subject could obtain a copy (subject to any redacting) via an Access to Information request.