TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CHECKING YOUR IRCC (CIC) APPLICATION STATUS
There are three different routes to check up on the status of your application with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC). The first option is to call IRCC at 1-888-242-2100. The second option is to use IRCC’s e-Client Application Status online tool at IRCC’s website. The other route is to file a request to see your GCMS notes directly to IRCC.
In this article we will be discussing about the GCMS notes and the process to apply.
Only a person who is in Canada can request the GCMS Application. Get your sponsor to request on PA’S behalf!
If principal applicant is in Canada, he/she can request for himself and apply for free under Privacy Act.
If sponsor is requesting it on behalf of Principal applicant, you need consent form from PA and $5 fee. You can receive consent form from spouse via email and upload it. Apply under Access to Information Act.
It takes about 30 days to receive by email. It is a ~30 pages document (can be more than 30 pages)
In above link, click Apply online, choose English , hit Next and accept the terms & conditions.
Next enter the below details:
Requester Information Department: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Title: Family Name: Given Name(s) (First Name): Mailing Address: Telephone No.: E-mail Address: Requesting information on your own behalf? Yes / No Category of Requester: Member of the Public
Right of Access: Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or Individual/corporation currently present in Canada
Method of Delivery: E-mail
Act & Record Selection
Act: Privacy Act / Access to Information Act – select this for GCMS notes for PA residing outside of Canada.
Language of records: English Type of Records: Case Files Requesting information for: Surname (Family Name): Given Name(s) (First Name): Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): Client ID Number (####-####): Type of Documents: Notes in Electronic File File Type: Immigration file: permanent residence ( You can also request for Sponsorship File, if SA is delayed ) File Number:
Attach documents: Proof of access ( PR card, visa doc, or passport ), Consent Form. Make payment ($5) and submit. *NOTE* You do not have to be physically present in Canada to order your GCMS NOTES; However, you need to be either a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident in order to request notes on Applicant’s behalf!
Does ordering GCMS slow the processing of the file or affect adversely?
The answer is NO. Ordering GCMS is your right and its does not affect your file or your case at all. On the contrary, in some cases since the officer working on your file has to review your file before it is sent out, does update documents received from other agencies and helps your file move forward.
While the government only charges $5, why do other service providers charge more?
It can be justified that since they are providing a service, they are there to make a profit. However, there is an additional cost of maintaining the site, employees, compliance etc and ensuring that the information collected always remains safe and secure. This is why these sites charge more.
While there is a lot of difference of opinion in when to order, the simple answer is after R10.
R10 is a strict review where it is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that his application is complete. If the application is incomplete, it is rejected and nothing much can be done, except re-filing it. Once your application crosses this stage, which is usually within the first month, that is the right time to order GCMS notes.
How long do you have to wait until your R10 is checked for completeness?
You don’t get a notification or update when your R10 check finishes, so it’s hard to get an accurate estimate. The only changes you will see are when your medical exam passes and when they start/finish your background check.
GCMS Notes and Codes
The Coding Kit, is the official list of codes used by CIC in the processing of CAIPS/GCMS files.
The notes entered in the CAIPS/GCMS system by an Immigration officer are in English (may be in French for Quebec immigrants), easy to understand and provide very useful information. However some of the codes used within the CAIPS/GCMS file may be difficult to interpret.
The Coding Kit provides assistance in the interpretation of the file in these circumstances.
While I completely understand that it’s a daunting task of waiting impatiently for your PR, so why not utilize this time and be prepared for the upcoming challenges, like landing procedures, finding a Job without Canadian Experience and settlement services in your dream country.
Anyways, first let’s talk about the various stages from eAOR to PPR in Express Entry for PR in Canada. Although timelines may vary based on Country and Stream, below is a basic summary:
– Electronic Acknowledgement of Receipt- A letter saying that your application is submitted with the application number mentioned;
2. Medicals Passed
– Medicals Pass and file is initially opened to check for R10 satisfaction at the CIO (Central Intake Office);
3. BG IP (1)
– Background Check In Progress for the 1st time – This usually happens on the same day your Medicals are Passed. At this stage, immigration officials check for all documents and also whether the applicant is missing any documents. They do not scrutinize the documents at this stage, except for Police Clearance Certificate. Additional documents like Schedule A, Travel History, Family Info, Proof of Something, etc.) may be requested at this stage.
4. BG NA – Not Applicable
– This usually happens between 1-3 months from eAOR. This is when applicants’ first phase of A11.1, Eligibility and Documents are checked by the CIO. At this stage, the agent checks the following:
if the points match are above the round’s ITA points,
eligibility under the stream is met,
points are claimed genuinely and if there are no irregularities in the documents or work experience, NOC, etc.
After this, the application is sent to the Local Visa Office (LVO) for finalization and second checks.
5. BG IP (2)
– Back Ground Check In Progress for the 2nd time – This is the stage wherein the LVO opens the file and check’s your entire application and also confirms the notes and insights written by the CIO agent.
This usually happens after all the security, criminality and eligibility is passed and most likely around the 4-5 month mark from the e-AOR.
– Passport Request mail – Ready for Visa – This is the mail which every applicant anxiously waits for, and is often referred to as The Golden Email. This means that the officer is satisfied and has approved your application and has requested your passport (if needed) or photocopy of passport (if it is from visa-exempt country) along with 2 photos and annex A form to stamp the Immigrant Visa and Issue the CoPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residency (a letter serving proof that you are a PR). This letter is used for “landing” at the border and in officially becoming a Permanent Resident. This letter may later on be used for Citizenship Application (if applicable).
If your PPR is delayed and you reach the 7th month mark, learn how to get more information regarding your application by Requesting GCMS Notes.
2. How to find the stages in Express Entry Online Application
Generally messages will be like below in IP1 status:
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3. What documents should I bring with me when landing in Canada as a New Immigrant?
When you come to Canada, you must show your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Canadian immigrant visa to a Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officer at the Port of Entry.
The IRCC officer will check that your documents have not expired. You cannot use expired documents. Canadian immigrant visas cannot be extended, so make sure you arrive in Canada before it expires.
You must bring a valid passport with you.
You need to have 2 copies of a detailed list of your belongings that you are bringing with you and their value in Canadian funds. You also need a list of the items that are arriving later and their value in Canadian funds.
You may be asked to show proof of funds. If you are carrying more than C$10,000, you must tell a border official.
What other documents should I bring with me?
Make sure that you have the following documents:
Birth certificate or adoption papers
Family records (such as, marriage certificate or divorce papers)
Medical records (such as immunization records)
Official school records for children
Diplomas, degrees and transcripts
Academic credentials evaluation report (if you had your education assessed before coming to Canada)
Reference letters from previous and current employers
Professional or trade licences or qualification certificates
Up-to-date résumé or summary of work experience
Valid driver's licence or other identification documents
Vehicle registration documents (if you are importing a vehicle into Canada)
For More Information
Canada Border Services Agency - CBSA is responsible for border services (port-of-entry services), customs and enforcement of some immigration laws in Canada.
Send E-mail to: CPC-CTD-Ottawa@cic.gc.ca Subject: E000xxxx - Visa Office Body of the mail: Hello, I am trying to find out in which Visa office my application is being processed? Application number: E000xxxx Date of Birth: 19xx-xx-xx Last Name: xxx First Name: xxxx UCI: - Category of Immigration: Federal Skilled Worker
4. Notable JOB MARKETS in Canada:
Canada is a prosperous job market and suitable for shifting for professionals of different fields. The job avenues are based and allocated on the basis of qualifications and work experience. It is important that you dwell into research and basis ground work before applying for a job position so that employment can be achieved positively based on your credentials.
Job opportunities for Nurses: The job market for this profile is highly in demand in Nova Scotia.
Employment for Immigrant Dentist: It is a highly lucrative position in four provinces: – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba.
5. Mistakes to avoid so that Canada PR is not rejected:
Some of the mistakes that a candidate makes while submitting their application for Canada PR are as follows:
Improper Signing of the documents – It is the most commonly occurring mistake in the application submission process. Candidates miss the places where signatures needed to be put. For example in case of Additional family application/form, a single page needs to be signed in 3 places. In most of the cases candidate signs in the bottom of the page and miss the other 2 places where signatures are also required, it depends whether the candidate is accompanied by a spouse or dependent child. Taking another example, there is a form where the signature is only required only in case if a translator is used and mostly candidates sign in that place also. These mistakes can get the candidate’s application returned and the candidate has to start all over again.
Incorrect fees paid – Every immigration program requires a certain amount of fees to be paid and each program have a different amount to be paid. This funds also need to be submitted via different modes of payment like demand draft, certified cheque etc as asked by the immigration program candidate have applied under. For example, if the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) fees is paid by bank draft to the foreign visa office then it will be returned back to the candidate and it will delay your application as the mode of fee payment for RPRF is to be paid online. Immigration office around the world can accept the fees in the local currency of the country candidate is residing in but for that candidate first have to check online and confirm the exchange rate for the currency there only. Candidate needs to be extra careful when paying the fees and the specific amount that has to be paid.
Photo Dimensions – Candidates needs to upload or submit their photo in exact dimensions as provided by the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in their instructions for specific type of immigration application such as medical forms for PR applications etc. If candidate is not able to submit the application with the proper size of the photograph, then the application will be returned to the candidate.
Submitting only the documents mentioned on the IRCC checklist – Sometimes candidates need to provide some additional documents other than mentioned by the IRCC. For example, if the candidate is moving to Canada with their common-law partner, then they have to provide with an affidavit from their friends and family members attesting to their relationship and stating that it is exclusive, committed and marriage-like. The candidate has to provide with some additional documents it all depend on the type of case, but phone records, bank records, lease records, correspondence, text messages etc. can be a very big help in moving the candidate’s application forward.
Supplemental Forms – In cases of certain countries, the candidate needs to provide with some additional forms and information that is not mentioned/obvious on the initial immigration applicant forms. For example Residency Questionnaire for people living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. And Work Experience Questionnaire required by people living in Islamabad, Pakistan. Candidate needs to make sure that they submit their application with these supplemental forms as submitting them without these can get the application rejected and returned.
Providing with missing or wrong information – If a candidate has submitted their application with improper information or missing information, the whole application can be rejected as the IRCC depends on the information provided for selecting the application for Canada PR. The main consequence for providing the wrong information is the exclusion from Canada for at least 2 years or more. If the candidate’s application is missing any information than IRCC needs to know the reason why the information is missing and when it will be provided. Failing to do the same will get the application returned to the candidate.
Illegible handwriting – All the applications can be filled online and with the help of Adobe Reader – that is free software. But mostly candidates prefer to fill the applications by hand and that is never advisable. Handwritten forms cannot be verified. Verified forms, using Adobe Reader, creates a series of barcodes that can easily be recorded by IRCC in their computer systems. The hand-written form will take time to process as it requires the tedious transfer of information thus delaying the whole process.
Cover Letter not provided – Cover letter can help the immigration officer to process your application with less time as it establishes who is applying for what, and the main reason why the applicant qualifies for immigration.
Waiting for the criminal record checks – Mostly the candidates wait for the criminal record check before submitting their application which is not advisable. If the candidate is not applying for Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation – criminal record check is not required. Waiting for too long for the application submission in wait for the criminal record, may get the rules to change and suddenly the candidate can no longer qualify for programs like Federal Skilled Category etc.
Application Mailing – If the candidate is asked by the IRCC to mail the application to appropriate office for processing, then it is best to use registered mail or in some cases it is even better to use a courier service. Doing so helps the candidate to track the application and have proof that it has arrived at its destination.
6. No Money for Proof of Funds? Gift Deed is the solution:
GIFT DEED Format
I, Your Father Name, S/o Your Grandfather Name , R/o ADDRESS, do hereby on dated 00/10/2016 make a gift-deed for a gift made on dated of 00/10/2016, Rs. 000000/-
(Rupees Only) out of love and affection to my Son (Your Name), S/o Father Name, ADDRESS. I confirm that I am a resident of India. I, further confirm that this gift is
being made out of my own funds standing to the credit of my A/c No.- 000000000 in ABC Bank, Bank Address. I, further confirm that the consideration for this gift is
the love and affection for my Son (Your Name) and no other consideration.
I further confirm that the gift has been made by Cheque No. 000000 dated 00/10/2016 drawn on ABC Bank, BANK ADDRESS. This gift is irrevocable and I have no claim left
whatsoever on the said gifted amount and he is free to utilise it in any manner.
(Your Father Name)
The gift as stated above is accepted
I, Your Father Name S/o Your Grandfather Name R/o ADDRESS, do hereby state as under:
That I have gifted a sum INR Rs. 000000 (Rupees Only) through Cheque No. 00000 dated 00-10-2016 drawn on ABC Bank, BANK ADDRESS to my son Your Name R/o ADDRESS.
That I am an Income Tax assessee having PAN No. XXXXXXXX and this gift is being made from my own past savings.
That this gift is irrevocable and I have no claim left whatsoever on the said gifted amount and he is free to utilize it in any manner.
I, Your Father Name S/o Your Grandfather Name do hereby verify and confirm that contents of above deposition are true and correct and nothing material has been
LETTER OF EXPLANATION
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Subject: Funds Proof- Source of Funds
Application No. 0000000000
This is with regards the source of funds in my account. Please be informed that I hold savings account in following Indian Bank:
Bank Name Branch Account Number IFSC Code MICR Code
XYZ Bank bank address 00000000000000 000000000000 00000000
I received INR 00000 (Lac Only) as a result of my Father’s volition and a mark of his natural love and affection towards me. This deed is reflecting in transaction
dated 00/10/2016 via Cheque No. 00000 dated 000/10/2016 in my XYZ Bank account statement enclosed with this letter. I have also enclosed a Gift Deed letter, an
affidavit and a scanned copy of Cheque No. 00000 (drawn on ABC Bank, Account No. 0000000) signed by my father for your reference. If you have any further
clarifications, please call me on: +91-000000000 or email me at: 000000@00000
Thanks and Regards,
What exactly is Right of Permanent Residence Fee?
The Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) is paid by permanent resident applicants when their applications are approved. Permanent residence status is not granted until the RPRF is paid. The RPRF can be paid at the same time as your application fees to help reduce delays during processing. If you don’t pay the RPRF up front, we will contact you with instructions on how to pay. If you paid the RPRF up front and your application is not approved, it will be refunded.
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