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.”
Document fraud can involve either false or altered documents, such as:
- passports and travel documents
- diplomas, degrees, and apprenticeship or trade papers
- 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 is a crime.
If you send false documents or information, we’ll refuse your application. We could also:
- forbid you from entering Canada for at least five 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
What we’re doing to stop immigration fraud
We work with our partners to watch for document fraud and train officers around the world. Partners include:
- the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
- the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and
- foreign police services and offices that issue identity documents
We’re working with the CBSA and the RCMP to phase in biometrics. This means we will use data such as fingerprints to confirm a person’s identity.
Biometrics will make it much harder for people to hide who they are. It will also help reduce identity fraud. Find out more about biometrics.
Top questions about fraud and scams
- What happens if I owe IRCC money? Will you call to ask for unpaid fees?
- Will you ask me for personal information over the phone?
- Do you accept prepaid credit cards, Western Union, or Money Gram to pay my fees?
- If I have not paid fees, will you have me arrested or deported?
- I received threats from someone who says they are from the immigration department. Is it a scam?
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