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Canada warns against immigration document fraud and lying in your application

As part of Fraud Prevention Month (March), Canada is warning immigration applicants against immigration document fraud and lying in your application. “It’s a serious crime to lie, or to send false information or documents to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This is fraud. It’s called “misrepresentation.””, says IRCC. And the consequences can be very grave.

What is immigration document fraud?

According to information on the IRCC website, immigration document fraud can involve either false or altered documents, such as:

  • passports and travel documents
  • visas
  • diplomas, degrees, and apprenticeship or trade papers
  • certificates of birth, marriage, final divorce, annulment, separation, or death and
  • police certificates

If you lie on an application or in an interview with an IRCC officer, this is also fraud. It’s a crime.

See also March is Canada Fraud Prevention Month – Protect yourself from visa & newcomer scams

What happens if you commit immigration document fraud?

If you send false documents or information to IRCC, they will refuse your application. IRCC may also:

  • forbid you from entering Canada for at least 5 years
  • give you a permanent record of fraud with us
  • take away your status as a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
  • have you charged with a crime or
  • remove you from Canada

On March 5, 2021, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued the following statement on fighting immigration fraud and scams:

“Canada is one of the top destinations in the world for immigration and travel, with millions of people from across the globe hoping to come here every year. When submitting their applications, some turn to consultants or other services for assistance – and while most consultants operate honestly, unscrupulous actors sometimes exploit the system and take advantage of people.

“The Government of Canada continues to take meaningful action to root out immigration fraud and protect those who wish to come here. We’ve implemented several new measures to strengthen our system, from increased oversight of applications to public awareness campaigns around the world. Most importantly, we have committed nearly $50 million to fight fraud over the next few years and have created a new College to improve oversight of immigration consultants and crack down on criminals.

“Immigration fraud targets people who want to come to Canada in good faith. Sadly, the pandemic has exacerbated these troubling activities, with new ways for dishonest individuals to defraud clients. That’s why we’re redoubling our efforts to combat fraud. It’s important that anyone applying to visit or immigrate to Canada knows the facts:

  • Canada assess all applications on the same merit – whether they are submitted by applicants themselves, or by representatives.
  • Canada does not require applicants to hire immigration representatives.
  • Applicants should hire only authorized immigration and citizenship consultants, lawyers or Quebec notaries.
  • IRCC clearly states all requirements to come to Canada on our website.

Fighting fraud requires all of us to be vigilant, informed and prepared. We will continue our work to protect Canadians and those wishing to come here, and will always uphold the security and integrity of Canada’s immigration system.”