SOURCE: Sas and Ing

November 10, 2016 10:00 ET

Canadian Immigration Lawyer Advises on Best Practices

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - November 10, 2016) - Canadian immigration lawyer warns prospective immigrants that bad practices can lead to complications

As an immigration lawyer, Catherine Sas of Sas & Ing wants to warn prospective newcomers against placing undue trust in immigration professionals. In many cases, people are being advised in ways that do not align with best practices. This can lead to complications and delays in the application process. For more information, go to:

"Often the clients that come to see us have previously worked with other immigration professionals," explains Catherine. "One of the most blatant misguided practices is to have applicants sign blank immigration application forms and then rely on the immigration professional to complete the application on their behalf."

If this is proposed, warning bells should go off immediately. At this point, consulting with a different professional is recommended.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) provides that an applicant must answer all questions put to them truthfully. This includes the completion of all the application forms and the provision of all supporting documents. When inaccurate information is provided, an applicant can be found to have misrepresented themselves in their application. Section 40(1)(a) of IRPA stipulates as follows:

A permanent Resident or a foreign national is inadmissible for misrepresentation

(a) for directly or indirectly misrepresenting or withholding material fact relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the administration of this Act.

The penalty for misrepresentation -- either direct or indirect -- is a five-year ban from applying for immigration. IRCC and CBSA officers routinely hear stories from applicants that claim they were only following the advice or recommendation of immigration professionals. In instances where such cases have ended up in court, responsibility has historically been placed squarely on the applicant.

Ultimately, an immigration application is the applicant's responsibility. While an immigration lawyer or another professional can provide guidance, it is up to the applicant to ensure that an application is free of inaccuracies that could potentially jeopardize their case.

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