Honesty Is an Essential Canadian Virtue

Chinese woman banned from Canada for lying to immigration officials. (Image: via  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Chinese woman banned from Canada for lying to immigration officials. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

According to Canadian federal court documents, Mrs. Wu, a Chinese citizen, is very wealthy. In 2009, she applied to immigrate to Canada, along with her husband and 10-year-old son. Mrs. Wu provided a birth certificate for her son to prove their relationship.

While reviewing the documents, the immigration officers questioned the authenticity of the birth certificate and asked Mrs. Wu and her son to submit to a DNA test. Results of the DNA test showed that Mrs. Wu and her son had no biological relationship. The son’s birth certificate presented by Mrs. Wu was fraudulent, making Mrs. Wu guilty of perjury. Finally, she admitted that her son was adopted. She completed an adoption certificate in China and resubmitted the immigration application to Canada in February 2014.

Perjury has serious consequences. (Image: Morgan via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

Perjury has serious consequences. (Image: Morgan via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

Committing perjury in Canada has serious consequences

Although their adoptive relationship was validated, Canadian immigration officials rejected Mrs. Wu’s immigration application in June 2016, and barred her from entering Canada for five years in light of her perjury. Mrs. Wu, living in China, was not aware of the order until February 2017 when she attempted to visit Canada and was refused entry by customs officials.

Mrs. Wu appealed the decision in federal court, but the judge rejected her appeal, explaining to her that providing the fraudulent birth certificate with her immigration application was an act of perjury. As a result, neither she nor her husband would be allowed entry to Canada until June 2021. In addition, the student visa for her son, who was studying abroad in Canada, was also revoked, and he was deported to China.

Mrs. Wu and her husband were banned from Canada and their son was deported (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Mrs. Wu and her husband were banned from Canada, and their son was deported. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Honesty is the best policy in Canada

It is reported that among the 15,237 individuals slated for deportation from Canada, Chinese citizens top the list at 2,066, followed by people from India (1,029), American citizens (977), stateless persons (209), and 28 people whose citizenship is unrecognizable by the system of the Canada Border Services Agency.

Translated by Jean Chen and edited by Mikel Davis.

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