Misrepresentation in Immigration Applications

Recorded on October 20, 2019 - “Misrepresenting” or providing false information in immigration applications can have serious consequences, including removal from Canada. This webinar discusses what “misrepresentation” means under Canada’s immigration law and how it can affect immigrant women facing violence and abuse. It also gives practical tips on how women can protect themselves and their immigration status if there they are being investigated by the government for misrepresentation. This webinar is part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, co-presented by METRAC’s Legal Director, Roxana Parsa, and Silmy Abdullah, a staff lawyer from South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO).

About our Presenters

Silmy Abdullah is a staff lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO). She practices immigration and income security law and provides services to clients in multiple South Asian languages, including Bangla, Hindi, Urdu and English. Prior to joining SALCO, Silmy was a staff lawyer at METRAC where she focused on public legal education, research and law reform on issues around violence against women.

Roxana Parsa is the Program Lawyer at METRAC’s Community Justice Program, which provides legal education and information related to gender-based violence, equality and access to justice, in areas of family, immigration, criminal, employment and human rights law. She previously worked as a refugee and immigration lawyer in private practice, as well as in Aboriginal and human rights litigation at the Ministry of the Attorney General.

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