A Lesson in Avoiding Misrepresentation in Canadian Immigration Applications. The case of Ting Li, a Chinese citizen who applied for a work permit in Canada, sheds light on the importance of providing accurate and truthful information in immigration applications. Ting had previously obtained a temporary resident visa (TRV) to be with her children who were studying in Canada. In 2021, she applied for a work permit as a purchasing manager at Fullsun Trading Inc., based on her prior work experience in a similar position in China. However, her application was rejected due to discrepancies and concerns about the authenticity of her employment history.
Ting received a procedural fairness letter from the immigration officer, citing paragraph 40(1)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which accuses her of submitting fraudulent documents and information. Ting explained the differences in her work history in her TRV application versus her work permit application, attributing the inconsistencies to mistakes she did not realize when submitting the TRV application. She included a letter from her former employer in China, along with social insurance and personal income tax records, to further corroborate the proof of her employment.
Despite the additional evidence provided by Ting, the immigration officer still rejected her application. Ting brought an action before the Federal Court, which found that the officer failed to properly consider the evidence explaining why the two applications were different and did not adequately address the concerns. The decision was deemed unreasonable.
This case highlights the strictness of immigration officials regarding the misrepresentation in applications. Misrepresentation can result in an application being refused or its status revoked. It can also lead to an applicant being deemed inadmissible to Canada, with severe consequences beyond the application being refused. According to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), false documents or information can result in being forbidden from entering Canada for at least five years, having a permanent record of fraud, losing permanent resident or Canadian citizen status, being charged with a crime, or being removed from Canada.
Ting’s case demonstrates the importance of ensuring the accuracy, currency, and completeness of immigration applications. While applicants may submit the information that they believe to be accurate and complete, they can still inadvertently make misrepresentations. Innocence is generally not a defense to misrepresentation, as Ting discovered.
To avoid misrepresentation in immigration applications, it can be helpful to contact an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer. They can work with applicants to ensure that the information and documentation provided are accurate and complete. Immigration forms and applications can be complex, and even the most careful applicant can make innocent mistakes. Working with a professional can help to avoid misrepresentations and the severe consequences that can result.
In conclusion, the case of Ting Li illustrates the importance of avoiding misrepresentation in Canadian immigration applications. Accurate, truthful, and complete information and documentation are crucial to the success of an application. Applicants who are unsure about any aspect of the application process should consider seeking the assistance of an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer to avoid costly mistakes and ensure a successful outcome.