We applied for the visa application of my uncle as a group alongside our family application. The visa was granted successfully and he has traveled to US twice. Later on, while applying for a UK visa, we found a previous passport of my uncle for the years 2005-2010. My uncle claims he has a rejected Canada visa on that passport although there is no rejection stamp on it except the last page where it says "TRC ISBAD". I am not sure what that is for?

We didn't mention that passport details and rejection anywhere on the USA visa so my question is, shall we mention it in the application to UK visa now?

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    Visa rejection means his application was returned without prejudice due to a technical error. Visa refusal means it was evaluated and he was found ineligible for a visa. You should clarify which one applies here.
    – JonathanReez
    May 11, 2017 at 6:38
  • @JonathanReez Visa refusal.
    – Asad Moeen
    May 11, 2017 at 6:39
  • What is your or was your uncle's situation then? What was he a citizen / resident of? TRC, I can think of two things but of them would be surprising: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is abbreviated as TRC and Vietnam and Mexico has a Temporary Resident Card. I can't quite wrap my head around either how either is relevant here. We need a lot more details. Marking as unclear.
    – user4188
    May 11, 2017 at 6:47
  • @chx He was never a citizen nor a resident. This was the first ever VISA he applied for back in 2010 somewhere. And He has nothing to do with Vietnam.
    – Asad Moeen
    May 11, 2017 at 6:49
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    The usa visa application never asks if you've had immigration problems in another country. Besides, your "lies" were not wilful and not material and would have had no effect on the outcome.
    – user58558
    May 11, 2017 at 7:26

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In my opinion, you should be honest with the UK people IF indeed you confirm that he was previously denied by Canada. However when the time comes for renewing his US visa, he needs to maintain the old story he told them. Switching a narrative to immigration midstream can have disastrous consequences.

Practically you want there to be consistency in your stories to different countries immigration databases because you do not want to trip up over lies. As it is said, the truth is one but lies metamorphose and keeping track of lies becomes problematic. At the same time immigration and consular officers and immigration law can be very rigid and unforgiving and people have been punished for coming clean on hitherto undisclosed transgressions.

We also need to straighten out some information. Yes the USA and UK and other Five Eyes countries share information with regards to immigration. They however are not real time sharing every detail about every applicant for an immigration benefit among themselves. I know because I know several people who have conflicting information with different Five Eyes embassies and successfully get visas. Even within the same USA immigration system I know people with different answers to the same question on forms. Americans themselves will tell you if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Note I am not advocating you deliberately set out to give false information.

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