I applied for a study visa in 2018 but I was denied. I deferred my admission to 2019 and reapplied for a study visa again. To my surprise, I was given a 5 year ban for deception. The consulate said I did not indicate that I have been refused a Canadian visa. I have never in my life been to the Canadian embassy, let alone applying. Now my wife has a study visa in the UK. I cannot enter as her dependent because of the ban. I messaged the Canadian embassy through a lawyer to vindicate me but have no reply. What can I do?
A Canadian Immigration Assessment Test is not an official application. Indeed this is what it says:
Important: This information is for reference only and no immigration decision will be made based on your answers. If you choose to apply, your application will be considered by an immigration officer in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, without regard to any outcome you attain through this questionnaire.
Assuming you’re correct and have never applied for a Canadian visa and your identity has not been stolen or compromised by a perpetrator or you don’t share the same name and birthdate etc with some other applicant, the correct thing to do is what your attorney is attempting to do, that is get the Canadian embassy to issue a formal correspondence that you have never previously done so.
Waiting out the ban is not the correct course of action because as it was pointed out to you, expiry of a ban doesn’t necessarily mean a subsequent visa application would be approved. It is in your best interest to address this because the denial of your Irish visa can also lead denial of application for other countries in a destructive cycle all related to the incorrect ban because you allegedly applied for a Canadian visa previously.