Misrepresentation in Canadian immigration
Any candidate or applicant who has been found to have provided false or misleading information at any stage of the process can be banned from immigrating to, or even visiting, Canada for a five-year period. This is known as misrepresentation.
Even errors made in good faith, without malicious intent, may be considered misrepresentation. An example of this could be that a candidate asks a friend or family member to obtain information or documentation, and this documentation, when submitted, turns out to be false or misleading.
A more direct example of misrepresentation could be if a candidate provides false dates for an employment period or misstates the job duties of a position in an attempt to gain more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System.
Of course, the full scope of misrepresentation is not limited to these cases. In cases of possible misrepresentation, the applicant may be given the opportunity to respond to concerns raised about his or her application.
Your options on receiving an invitation to apply: Accepting / Declining / Expiration
|Scenario||How this happens||What happens next
|Accepting an ITA||The submission of a complete profile within 60 days is considered acceptance||IRCC assesses the application. Most files are successfully processed to completion within six months.
|Declining an ITA||This is easily done by clicking a button provided on the ITA notice itself.||The candidate's profile is placed back in the pool and is eligible for selection in subsequent draws.
|Letting an ITA expire||The invited candidate fails to submit an application within 60 days.||If the individual still wishes to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry, he or she will have to create a new profile.
Submitting your application after receiving an invitation to apply (ITA)
The application process is entirely online. This is sometimes known as an e-application or e-APR (electronic application for permanent residence).
Though many applicants find this process straightforward, others may find the application system glitchy or cumbersome. Still others may find the process overwhelming, especially if many documents need to be uploaded in different places.
Make sure you give yourself lots of time to fill out the application.
- Pro-tip #1: The online system often requires all documents related to a single piece of information to be uploaded in a single PDF file with a limit on the file size. Having access to a program that allows your to easily combine PDF documents and reduce file size will be extremely useful.
Application fee: When you apply, you must pay a processing fee of CAD $825 for each adult included on the application. You also must pay a Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) of CAD $500 per adult and $225 per child included on the application.
The RPRF can be paid upon initial submission of the application, or you can choose to pay it later in which case you will receive a request in your IRCC account if and when your application reaches the final stages of processing.
- Pro-tip #2: You cannot make changes to your application after you’ve submitted it. We recommend double-checking and triple-checking your application before submitting. If you notice you forgot to include a mandatory document after you’ve submitted the application, you will not be able to submit it retroactively.
Submitting an eAPR can be a complicated and stressful experience. In the end, we recommend that you prepare your documents in advance and don’t leave the application until the last minute.
As well, this is a high-stakes application: an approval results in permanent resident status. If there was a stage of the process where it makes sense to pay an expert for assistance, this is it. Of course, many applicants are able to submit successful applications on their own after receiving an invitation to apply. Below, we have listed a few of our recommended experts who will be able to provide you with assistance if you need it.
Getting help with your Express Entry application
Do you need assistance in preparing an application for Canadian permanent residence? If so, view our Book an Immigration Consultant page to see Moving2Canada’s list of recommended, accredited representatives who can assist you in your goals. You can choose between a one-on-one consultation (great if you have a few questions) and a full Express Entry application review (great if you want an expert to look over your application before you submit).