A Government of Canada news release disclosed that citizen of Senegal was recently found guilty of misrepresentation under subsection 127(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”) and was fined $2,000.00.
Misrepresentation can arise when a person directly or indirectly misrepresents or withholds material facts relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the administration of IRPA.
As a friendly reminder to all people seeking to immigrate to Canada, immigration-related misrepresentation is an issue that is taken very seriously by the Canadian government. People who have advised potential immigrants to misrepresent may also face penalties under IRPA. Aside from the mark that misrepresentation can leave on a person’s Canadian immigration record, penalties for misrepresentation include but are not limited to:
- fines of up to $100,000.00 or imprisonment of up to 5-years, or both; or
- a 5-year ban from entering Canada.
Whenever corresponding with the Canadian government, answer questions and requests for information directly and accurately in order to avoid possible misrepresentation. At Lowe & Company, we can help to answer questions that you may have about misrepresentation and any other questions you may have. Should you wish to schedule a consultation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 604-875-9338 .