August 01, 2018
What is Misrepresentation?
The word Misrepresentation means that you provided an information to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) or to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that is wrong, falsified, inconsistent, inaccurate, or incomplete.
Below are few of the examples of misrepresentations would be:
- 1. Failure to declare that you have been refused a visa for another country.
- 2. Failure to provide a genuine document.
- 3. Failure to provide complete details of a family member.
- 4. Failure to declare the truth about your employment.
- 5. Obtaining permanent residence by having engaged in a non-genuine marriage.
Misrepresented information can be provided (or omitted) by yourself, a family member, or even your representative. Accordingly, even with or without principal applicant knowledge, it is the principal applicant who is at fault in all these scenarios.
Before decision that you have misrepresented an information, you can either received opportunity to explain or respond to allegation as follows:
- 1. you might be given an opportunity to respond and address CIC’s concerns for your application submitted to enter Canada. This process is known as “procedural fairness” and it is important to be aware of the timeline given for the response (by interview or by paper) by CIC.
- 2. you might be given an opportunity by the CBSA to address the allegations if you are already in Canada (as a temporary or permanent resident. If the CBSA believes that you have misrepresented yourself, they will refer the allegation to the Immigration Division for an Admissibility Hearing.
Misrepresentation findings will have significant impact on all future interactions with CIC or CBSA and can lead to preventing you to apply or to enter Canada for 5 years . It is important to carefully address these allegations/findings.