Outside of Canada Applications for Visitor Visa, Study Visa and Work Visa – Changed Forms

By Author: Admin | March 27, 2011

On February 4 2011, the Canadian Immigration department made changes to all three temporary resident application forms (worker, student and visitor).  The changes were in the Education, Current Occupation and Background Information sections.

The new form captures 10 years of work history, and as a consequence, can lead to contradictions if a subsequent visa application is not consistent with the information on the initial visitor visa, student visa, or work visa application form.

I recently had a client retain me to obtain a copy of an old visitor visa application he filed. He was a business visitor to Canada and he was not sure how his previous agent (a travel agent doubling as an unlicensed immigration consultant), characterized his work history. This has significant ramifications for future applications. I have seen cases where a person’s visitor visa form did not cohere with a subsequent application for permanent residence.  The result: the visa officer, upon comparing the work history in the visitor visa application with the subsequent permanent residence form, determined that there was a contradiction.  This led to a finding of misrepresentation and a two year ban from entering Canada. As one of my law-school professors often said, “Bad dog!” – or more precisely, “bad record” – one negative mark on a person’s immigration history taints him in the eyes of Canada’s immigration department, and any subsequent visa application attracts much more scrutiny by the immigration authorities.

I have also seen persons who have entered Canada on a student visa, encounter a comparison of their student visa forms with a subsequent application for permanent residence.  If everything was consistent, the application was fine, and when not, a finding of misrepresentation (and the resultant 2 year ban) was handed down by the immigration department.

Signing incorrect immigration forms is like signing your reputation away.

Other less innocuous changes include the Education section now requiring only the “highest level” of post-secondary education, not all levels of post-secondary education. The Current Occupation section has been renamed Employment. The Background Information section, question 4b) now requires applicants to indicate the dates of service and the countries in which they served instead of “full details.”  The ultimate goal for Canada’s immigration department is the capturing of more information efficiently (including misrepresentations), by asking the applicant for more precise details.  That’s why signing an immigration form that is not fully understood by you may mean you’re signing your reputation away in the eyes of Canada’s Immigration Department.


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