April 29, 2010
Is My Sister in Danger of Losing her Citizenship?
A. Interesting question. The fact that she lived in another country and did not disclose could be significant depending on her reason for concealing this fact. Was she approved as a refugee claimant or by virtue of a spousal sponsorship? This is important. Clearly Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency take misrepresentation very seriously but it must be a misrepresentation of a material fact to lead to removal proceedings. Further, except for the most serious of misrepresentations (one’s identity, war crimes, terrorism, etc) rarely is revocation of Citizenship pursued by authorities. Clearly what and perhaps why she withheld the information are the first two questions your sibling should explain when consulting with a professional. Peace of mind may be a phone call away. Good luck!