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What should the consequences really be for a person who falsifies information on an immigration application?

Last week, I wrote this op-ed for the CBC on what should happen when immigrants who lie on their immigration application, actually believed that they were telling the truth?

Earlier this year, Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef truly thought that what her mother told her about being born in Afghanistan was the truth until recently when her mother had told Monsef otherwise.

Canadian law says that her citizenship can be stripped away because of this falsification that was made without her even knowing it was. Should we, as Canadians, punish a person for a wrong they didn’t know they were doing when in what seems like every other area of law, we don’t punish the victims, but protect them?

*This blog was co-written by Liz Dawert, legal assistant.

About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.


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