Q: I am in the process of applying for an open permit under the live-in caregiver program and afterwards as a permanent resident. When I applied as a caregiver, I indicated in my application that I was single when in fact I am married. That time, me and my spouse were not in good terms, that’s why I figured I do not include him. But now, I would like to include him on the application. Is that ok? Some people I know advised me to go ahead with becoming an immigrant first and then sponsor him after because they say that I might be deported if I tell the truth now.
A: The people who are giving you advise are not worth listening to because they’re feeding you wrong information. You must not file as a single person if in fact you’re married because there’s a procedure to explain misrepresentation like your situation. Doing so speaks of another misrepresentation and will likely be refused. People coming to Canada lie in their work permit application upon entry to Canada for various reasons and Immigration Canada will be able to “forgive” the applicant if they provide the correct documentation with an explanation. It might be ruinous, however, if you try to continue with a lie on your PR application.
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