Misrepresentation. Sounds serious. Well because it is. Being found inadmissible to Canada for Misrepresentation can ban you and your family members from Canada for up to 2 years.

It is a common misconception that to misrepresent yourself on an application for status in Canada (work, study, permanent residence) must mean that you have said, submitted or omitted some serious dubious details.

The truth is, is that perfectly good people can get caught up in the tangle of this inadmissibility for acts that seemed so innocent at the time.

CIC constitutes Misrepresentation as a person who misrepresents or withholds material facts, either directly or indirectly, relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the administration of the Act.

Falsifying documents seems an obvious way to misrepresent oneself or withholding a material fact, but for some people, it might be something more like omitting their travel history, or not including a child’s details that they had out of wedlock. Another example, indicating common-law as a marital status when in actuality, the applicant has not cohabitated with their partner, or concealing the true nature of your intended visit to Canada.

At best, even without a formal report being made on an individual for Misrepresentation, if an officer takes note of a discrepancy between info provided on a current application to details provided on a previous one, you can count on your creditability to take a hit, which would likely result in a refusal.

Words of caution; remember that information you submit now is recorded into an information system. Likewise, information you previously provided, is likely still in that very same system. If you have concerns about your application, it is highly recommended you consult with an appropriate professional before moving forwards;  unfortunately, it is not unusual to hear from people that they were ill-advised by their friends or family to conceal a detail so that their application had a better chance for success, which is now coming back to haunt them.

An applicant is required by law to provide honest and truthful information, and it is always in your best interest to do so, both in the short and long term.

If you have a complexity around your application or situation and wish to obtain professional advice before going forwards, contact Red Seal for a Consultation.


Amberley Smith, RCIC

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant