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I had applied for a temporary resident visa to visit Canada in May 2008. My application was refused due to misrepresentation of my marital status.(Separated wife took an ex parte divorce without informing me,I applied as married in my visa application) Visa was refused with a 2 year bar. The bar timed out in may 2010. I need to travel to Manitoba for an exploratory visit to meet their representatives and scout business opportunities for the Provincial Nominee Program. My question is, do I require a waiver to overcome the ineligibility or Should I apply for the temporary resident visa with an invitation letter from Manitoba PNP? What are my chances of getting a visa? Thanks, Monty Virk (INDIA)

Dear Monty,

A person who has been refused a visa because of misrepresentation is barred from re-applying for two years. After the two years, there are no impediments to applying again.

However, persons in such situations can expect future applications to be very carefully scrutinized.

An immigration officer has to be fully satisfied that an applicant for a temporary resident visa has a legitimate reason for visiting Canada, a strong incentive to leave Canada after the visit and return home, and the financial means to pay for the visit. The purpose of your visit would not satisfy this requirement in my view as an ex-immigration officer and based on the limited information provided.

I'm sorry this answer could not be more hopeful than it was. If you would like a detailed assessment or professional consultation, please contact me directly at

Best wishes,

Tim Morson*
Senior Immigration Advisor
Pace Law Firm
Toronto, Canada

* RCIC No R416007
Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant

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I am a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and former Canadian diplomat and immigration program manager. I have 20 years of federal government experience in Asia, Europe, the United States, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, and with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa, Canada. I am currently the Senior Immigration Advisor for Pace Law Firm in Toronto, the Director of Immigration for the Cirque du Soleil, and the National Policy Director for the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). I can answer all questions related to Canada's immigration requirements and procedures: (1) permanent residence in Canada for business people (investors, entrepreneurs, self-employed, professionals, skilled workers, provincial nominees, spouses and other family members, humanitarian reasons and refugees; (2) temporary residence -- tourist visas, study permits for international students, work permits, and temporary residence permits; (3) settling in Canada, Canadian residency requirements, Canadian citizenship and Canadian passports; (4) queries concerning Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Immigration Québec, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), etc. Please note that my responses are for information purposes only. To formally engage my professional services and obtain professional advice please contact me directly. Je suis couramment bilingue et en mesure de répondre à vos questions en français.


1982-2001 - Counsellor, Consul, Vice-Consul, immigration program manager, deputy director, special advisor and visa officer. I have had various assignments around the world: Asia, Europe, the United States, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa and Canada. Since 2001, I have done migration consulting work for individuals, corporations, institutions, and organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM). I am accredited by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Je suis un ancien diplomate canadien et expert en matière d’immigration. Pendant vingt ans de service avec le gouvernement fédéral, j’ai occupé de nombreux postes diplomatiques et consulaires en Asie, en Europe, aux États-Unis, au Moyen-Orient, aux Antilles, en Afrique, ainsi qu’avec le Ministère de Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada (CIC), et le Ministère des Affaires étrangères et Commerce International du Canada (MAECI) à Ottawa. En tant qu’expert reconnu dans le secteur de l’immigration, j’ai effectué plusieurs travaux de conseil en migration pour l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM), pour des entreprises canadiennes et pour des particuliers. Je suis un consultant canadien agréé en immigration (CCAI) basé à Montréal, Canada. Je suis également membre du Conseil de la Réglementation des consultants en immigration du Canada (CRCIC, membre no R416007), directeur des politiques de l’Association Canadienne des Conseillers Professionnels en Immigration (ACCPI), et directeur d'immigration pour le Cirque du Soleil.

Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (regulatory body), Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants.

M.A. Journalism (1992) UWO London, Ontario; B.A. Political Science (1982) Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec; RCIC -- Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant.

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