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International Students - Canada Study Permit Guidance

Every student must be truthful in making a Study Permit (student visa) application to Canada.

Here is some information on what is required from each international students and what the Canadian government will do and will not do if it finds something untruthful in the application. The basic warnings the Canadian government gives to reduce fraudulent activity are here:

It’s 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, visas, 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’s a crime.
If you send false documents or information, we’ll refuse your application.

Official source: If Canada Immigration discovers something false in the Study Permit application only after the student arrives in Canada then the Canadian government] may also:

  • forbid the student from entering Canada for at least 5 years

  • record a permanent record of fraud

  • take away status as a permanent resident or Canadian citizen

  • possibly charge with a crime or

  • remove the student from Canada

But it’s also very important to know what action the Canadian government will or will not take. The Canadian government will not make threats over the phone. The Canadian government advises the following:

If someone posing as an immigration official threatens to arrest, deport, assault or kidnap you, it is a scam. Our staff would never behave in this way. It is a scam if you are told you will be arrested, go to jail, lose your visa or status, be deported, or have your account suspended if you don’t pay money or give your personal information. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will not contact you in person, online or over the telephone to collect fees or fines to avoid deportation or other consequences. Be aware: Scammers often give a fake name and agent number to appear legitimate. Official Government of Canada link:

Official source:


IF SOMEONE ELSE OR A COMPANY SUBMITS YOUR STUDY PERMIT APPLICATION If you get a third party to help you with the application such as an immigration consultant as one example, make absolutely sure you review everything in the application and check it to make sure it is accurate and truthful.

Ideally, submit the application online yourself. If you do not, then absolutely insist that the third party gives you a copy of all documents submitted and the third party should put a letter on top indicating this is a copy of everything submitted for your study permit application. In that way the party preparing your application is responsible for everything in it. Each page number should be numbered. Later, if it turns out something false was included in your application, you could show the Canadian government that you did not approve something false being submitted.

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