A potential client wishing to immigrate to Canada wrote to me recently indicating that he would be completing his university degree within six months. As he had to submit the simplified application form, he wondered if he could submit the application right away and just indicate on the form that the degree had been completed, so that he could claim the points, knowing that documentary proof would not be requested by the Canadian immigration office for at least a year, well after he actually completed the degree. I advised him that he could not, as he must wait to finish the degree before indicating in a form he signs and dates that it is complete as of the date of signing the form. It would be quite risky, in my opinion, to claim to have completed requirements for immigration to Canada that have yet to been finished, especially where the completion is relevant to the approval of the application for Canadian permanent residence.
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