Lying on Canadian immigration form ends in jail time

Man lies on immigration forms to avoid deportation from Canada

A Russian man has been sentenced to 45 days in jail along with receiving an order for deportation from Canada after forging a signature on a permanent resident application. The jail sentence, according to the Halifax judge, was to show others that lying on immigration forms is a bad idea.

The man’s refugee claim in the 1990s was denied and he has been fighting an order for deportation from Canada ever since, but then married a Canadian woman in 1995. In 1999 they separated, but the man told Citizenship and Immigration Canada he was still married when filing out the forms, which threw up a red flag for immigration officials. Charges were then pressed by the Canada Border Services Agency.

“Truthfulness is essential” when applying to become a permanent resident in Canada

According to a Canada Border Services Agency official, “There’s a process for foreign nationals to become permanent residents of Canada,” he said. “Their truthfulness is essential and an integral part of the process.”

It may not always be the case that “the truth will set you free”. However, when it comes to immigration applications, the message is clear: make sure there is no misrepresentation with respect to your applications. There are better, alternative and legal ways to maximize your chance of getting an approval than lying.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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