Many of us have secrets we never share with other people for specific reasons. For instance, some of us fear such secrets will be highly embarrassing and that they can destroy our reputation. While there is definitely nothing wrong with keeping secrets, there are certain scenarios where you should never hide or withhold information. Such is the case with immigration, where secrets can lead to dire consequences.
With that in mind, you might be reading this article today wondering whether hiding information over the course of a Canadian immigration application is okay. Put simply: it is not. We will outline in this article why withholding information in your application is a bad idea.
1. Port of Entry
Hiding information at your port of entry is against the law, which states that you should never knowingly refuse to answer any question asked by a border officer. If you do so, you will breach section 127 of the IRPA. Any answer you give to your officer becomes fact, whether it is the truth or a lie.
You might be slapped with penalties, like a five-year prison sentence along with CAD100,000 dollars in fines. Misrepresenting information or simply hiding can lead to this consequence as well. However, many border officers will opt for other far less severe solutions, such as a rejection of your application or deportation to your country of origin.
2. Citizenship Application
If you hide information when applying for citizenship in Canada, you might face a whole host of consequences. It can include the refusal of your citizenship application and the revocation of your permanent residence status. Other possible penalties include prison time of up to five years and a fine of up to CAD100,000. Also, you may become barred from travelling to Canada for up to 60 months.
Keep in mind that you may only face specific penalties and not necessarily all of them. However, regardless of which penalty you face, they are nonetheless severe.
3. Online/Offline Applications
When writing your online or offline application to immigrate into Canada, hiding information through omission or misrepresentation can lead to various penalties. These penalties include becoming inadmissible for 60 months, receiving a removal order, and having your application refused—on top of possible fines and prison time. There is a chance you may face a few of these consequences or even all of them at once.
You should never omit or misrepresent information in your application for Canadian immigration. This action is illegal and can bring serious consequences on top of hampering your ability to return to the country. If it is your dream to move to Canada one day, think about the long-term effects of lying. A lie may get you into the country sooner, but it can shorten your stay and prevent your return indefinitely.
That being said, we understand that you may have committed an honest mistake. If such is the case, do not be afraid to reach out to immigration professionals to help you out. They will help you sort the problem out and ensure that your next application is complete to give you the best chance possible.
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