Consequences of immigration and citizenship fraud

“There are serious consequences for lying on an application or in an interview, or for sending fake or altered documents.

You are responsible for all the information in your application, even if a representative completes it for you.

IRCC trains officers around the world to detect fraud and protect the integrity of Canada’s citizenship and immigration system. The department also works with partners like the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), foreign police services and offices that issue identity and status documents to identify, investigate and prosecute those who violate Canada’s immigration laws.

To identify cases of fraud, IRCC

  • contacts issuing authorities to confirm that documents are genuine
  • implements program integrity measures to identify and deter scammers
  • pursues misrepresentation on bad actors looking to exploit IRCC programs”

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