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Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

How to Identify Document Fraud and Misrepresentation

“Honesty is the best policy.” This saying is particularly true when it comes to submitting applications to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. If an immigration officer finds out you are being untruthful about your application, your application can be refused. Moreover, the immigration can charge you with misrepresentation. If you are not confident to submit your own applications without any errors in them, then it is highly recommended that you seek professional guidance. In this blog, you will learn about document fraud and misrepresentation.

Document Fraud

As previously mentioned if you submit any incomplete, inaccurate or inconsistent documentation or information to Immigration, they have the authorization to investigate further and may deem the documentation as fraudulent. Certain documents that can be altered or falsified include but are not limited to:

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Important Information about Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation

Important Information about Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation

Understanding Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation

As a newcomer to Canada, you may not be familiar with how companies or the government does business in Canada. This can potentially lead you to believe in companies that try scam you by phone or email. Often times, those scammers will pretend they are from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, and ask you for your personal information. Alternatively, as an applicant who is applying for permanent residence or citizenship, you may have made crucial mistakes on your application, either intentionally or unintentionally. Regardless of your intention, the mistakes can ultimately lead to misrepresentation. If you misrepresent information that is directly related to decisions made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), you will inevitably face severe consequences. In this blog, you will learn about specific aspects of immigration fraud and misrepresentation on your application.

Misrepresenting Information on Your Application

Often times, individuals have the misconception that providing wrong information may just result in the refusal of the application; this misconception must be dispelled. The government of Canada takes misrepresentation very seriously, and misrepresentation can be a criminal offence in Canada. That being said, if you lie or provide false information or documents on your applications or in an interview with an immigration officer, you can be charged with fraud under the Canadian Criminal Code.

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Canadian Citizenship Fraud and Misrepresentation

Canadian Citizenship Fraud and Misrepresentation

Fraud and Misrepresentation in Canadian Citizenship Applications

There have been many cases of Canadian citizenship fraud and misrepresentation where individuals omit information that cases inconsistencies in their citizenship applications. Certain individuals who have been alleged misrepresenting themselves or have been fraudulent do not do so intentionally; of course, there are certain individuals who do. Regardless of intention, if there are inconsistencies, the Canadian government takes misrepresentation very seriously and there are very severe consequences. Therefore, in this article, I will address the severity of Canadian citizenship fraud and misrepresentation and other important information you should know if you have a misrepresentation allegation.

What is Fraud and Misrepresentation

Fraud and misrepresentation go hand in hand, especially when it comes to Canadian citizenship. Fraud happens when individuals submit fraudulent documents or information that is not true. Similarly, misrepresentation happens when there is inconsistent, incomplete or inaccurate information provided to Immigration Canada. Most often than not, if an individual has an allegation of misrepresentation, fraudulent activity or information will be found as well.

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Misrepresentation Questions and Answers

Misrepresentation Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers for Misrepresentation

In this article, I will address questions and answers for misrepresentation, as there are several different circumstances that can result in misrepresentation. This article is also meant to help you further understand what misrepresentation entails. Misrepresentation is described as a foreign national omitting information or falsifying information or documentation provided to Immigration. Additionally, if any information or documentation submitted to Immigration Canada is inconsistent, inaccurate or incomplete, the Immigration officer has the authorization and discretion to deem fraudulent behavior, and worse, misrepresentation. If you feel as though you would be eligible to appeal a Misrepresentation allegation, I suggest you read our article on “What Misrepresentation Means” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Misrepresentation.

Q: When sponsoring a foreign national, who is responsible if the application is deemed as misrepresentation?

A: This is a very good question and it is very important to know the distinction. Whenever there is a misrepresentation allegation, it unfortunately always falls onto the applicant. Therefore, it would be the foreign national who would be found inadmissible and ultimately deemed as misrepresenting.

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