Fraudulent documents

How important it is to submit honest and genuine documents and What are the consequences of submitting fraudulent documents to IRCC?

It is a serious crime to lie, or to send false information or documents to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This is fraud. It’s called “misrepresentation.”

Strict action is taken against those submitting Fake documents. Fraud Documents would also include providing false information on your study permit applications with IRCC.

Document fraud can involve either false or altered documents, such as:

  1. passports and travel documents 2. Visas 3. diplomas, degrees, and apprenticeship or trade papers 4. certificates of birth, marriage, final divorce, annulment, separation, or death and police certificates.


If you lie on an application or in an interview with an IRCC officer, this is also fraud. It’s a crime.

If you send false documents or information, we’ll refuse your application. We may also:

  • forbid you from entering Canada for at least 5 years
  • give you a permanent record of fraud with us
  • take away your status as a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
  • have you charged with a crime or
  • remove you from Canada

IRCC has a real time access to countries such as USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK etc so it is important to be transparent about previous travel history if any.

Example: Student applied for US – F1 visa in 2019 but he did not disclose this information in his study permit application form. Due to which, it was refused.

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