17 people were sentenced to prison for fraudulent use of passports
The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) is really harsh to those who commit misrepresentation. Therefore, this month, Canada found a Colombian guilty of using Mexican passports to contravene IRPA.
According to the news release, this person was convicted -at the Montreal courthouse- of misrepresenting his identity. The Colombian man used a Mexican passport to obtain electronic travel authorizations (ETAs) and enter Canada. In addition, another 16 people have been sentenced since October 2019.
The list included eleven other men and two women from Colombia, and three men from Peru for similar infractions. It is important to note that any offender is subject to penalties, including imprisonment for 14 years.
Bellow, we will tell you more about misrepresentation.
Material fact and misrepresentation
According to our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), Al Parsai, the information that affects the decision of the immigration officer is a material fact. Therefore, the officers expect you to share the material fact with them thoroughly and without altering it. Consequently, if you directly or indirectly withhold material fact or make changes to deceive the officer, you have committed misrepresentation.
Please, note that under section 127 of the IRPA, any person who undermines the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by misrepresentation has committed an offense.
Our CEO and RCIC, Al, recommends always being truthful and not hide the material facts from the immigration officers or border services officers. This is very important because the consequences are significant.
“The rule of thumb says everything on the forms and document checklists is a material fact. However, sometimes you make mistakes, and officers consider them as misrepresentation. You need to communicate the matter with the officer as soon as possible. You may also try your best to convince them you did not misrepresent”. Al Parsai said.
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