Immigration Misrepresentation Inadmissibility Lawyer

Even an accidental misstatement by erroneously checking one of many boxes on one of many required immigration forms can lead the government to flag you for a misrepresentation, and potentially not only reject your application but bar you from Canada. Possibly for life.

How do Misrepresentation Inadmissibility Problems Arise

Have you ever lied or made a misstatement at any time in dealing with the Government of Canada concerning your immigration? Even if you have been truthful, the government could still believe you are lying, or you might have inadvertently misstated something that you believed to be true at the time you said it. 

Because of the huge volume of immigration and citizenship applications the government needs to annually deal with (Canada accepts more immigrants per capita that any other country on earth), the government places great weight on all applicants being perfectly honest and accurate with all of their information all of the time. So not only “lies” are misrepresentations, but even getting job titles, addresses, or dates of residence a little wrong from years gone by can be flagged as misreps.

Some misrepresentations are immediately flagged, like checking “no” to the ever charged with an offence question, and the government finding in one of their obscure databases that you did have a minor charge from years ago. Others are only flagged possibly decades later, like when you fill out a citizenship application, and some of the information you provide differs from information you provided long long ago in a study permit application prior to your first ever visit to Canada.

How to Cure MISREPRESENTATION Inadmissibility Problems

The two part strategy to curing misrepresentation inadmissibility involves (1) convincing the government you in fact never made a misrep, and (2) if you fail on number 1, then convincing the government that the misrep was so unintentional or at least inconsequential that there should not be dire consequences. To win on the first point, you must gather together evidence (documents & perhaps affidavits from witnesses) proving that what you stated really is the truth. On the second, you must provide a compelling explanation for how you innocently made an earlier misstatement, believing it to be true. 

Humanitarian and compassionate grounds may need to be invoked in order to minimize the consequences of a misrepresentation. If you are unable to convince the government to change its views on your inadmissibility due to a misrepresentation, you may need to proceed before the Immigration & Refugee Board or the Federal Court. 


The firm has a history of successful negotiation and litigation over misrepresentation immigration and citizenship inadmissibility issues. Often a complex strategy needs to be developed based on both factual evidence and nuanced legal submissions to cure misrepresentation inadmissibility. These strategies usually require multiple fall back positions such that if one approach does not work, another approach has already been developed to proceed with next.