4 (Easily Avoidable) Ways to Lose Your Canadian Visa



Are you concerned about the possibility of losing your Canadian visa? The good news is, if you follow all the rules, you have nothing to worry about. However, to help set your mind at ease, we’ve put together four of the most common ways immigrants often lose their Canadians visas, so you’ll know exactly what to avoid.

1. Not spending enough time in Canada

Over the past five years, the number of immigrants who have lost their permanent residency for not spending enough time in the country has tripled, so you need to keep track of exactly how many days you spend out of the country. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), “When you are a permanent resident, you can live outside of Canada, but must live in Canada for at least two years in a five-year period. If you live outside of Canada for longer, you may lose your permanent resident status.”

The Star recently ran the sad story of Sergey Popkov, who had lost his Canadian visa for that exact reason. The article revealed: “It’s a hard lesson for the 55-year-old former commercial pilot, who has twice been denied a visitor’s visa to see his wife, two daughters and grandson — all citizens here. He may remain separated from his family for the foreseeable future.”

2. You gave false or incomplete information

You may think telling a couple of white lies on your application could improve your chances, but you’d be wrong. You should ensure all the details you provide to CIC are 100% accurate and complete. If you lie about having a criminal record or any number of other details on your application form, you could see your Canadian visa immediately revoked.

3. There were conditions on your Canadian visa that you failed to fulfill

Sometimes conditions will apply to your permanent resident status that you must fulfill in order to be allowed to live and work in Canada. Failure to fulfill these conditions could mean your Canadian visa is revoked and you will have to leave the country. For more advice on the types of conditions that could apply to you, we recommend you seek professional advice.

4. You are convicted of a serious crime and told to leave Canada

If before or after you were granted permanent residency you were convicted of or committed a serious crime outside of Canada, you could have your status revoked. CLEO.com states: “An exception can be made if at least five years have passed since you committed the crime, or since your sentence ended, and if you can prove to Canadian authorities that you have been rehabilitated.”

Have You Lost Your Status in Canada?

If you have lost your status in Canada, we may be able to help. The expert legal team at VisaPlace has helped many applicants resolve their status problems, as each situation is different, and requires an understanding of the best course of legal action. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your options or fill out our free immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within one business day!


Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • raj singh

    i have married in australia but australia refused my pr and now i apply to canada as student visa but i have not mention my marrital status i still say single what will gonna happen?..

    • Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Raj,

      I can understand how the laws and regulations can be quite confusing but we have helped thousands of students obtain Canadian Student Visas. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

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