How Do I Apply for My File?


Applying for your CAIPS file is easy - it takes just 4 simple steps:

  1. Download our CAIPS note Application Kit
  2. Complete and sign the two forms you'll find enclosed - our CAIPS FileCheck Application Form, and the official IMM5744 Consent Form.
  3. Send the two forms back to us via email, fax or mail.
  4. Send payment to us via PayPal using your credit card - you don't need to open a PayPal account to do this!

The Application Kit includes full instructions for completing your application, but these four stages are also explained in more detail below.

1. Obtain the CAIPS FileCheck Application Kit


Our Application Kit is a 6 page guide to applying for your CAIPS file. It includes a 'how to' guide, a section on frequently asked questions (FAQ), and the necessary forms that you will need to complete - our application form and the official CIC IMM5744 'Consent to an Access to Information Request' form.

You can download the Application Kit here. If you have any problems downloading the kit, please email us at help@caips.ca and we will email, fax or post the kit to you. The Application Kit is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format - if you don't already have Acrobat installed on your system, you can download Acrobat Reader free of charge here.

2. Complete the Application And Consent Forms


The CAIPS FileCheck Application Form


Our simple application form confirms your personal details and tells us what service you want from us. If you need any further information on what is included with each service then please consult our price list or email us.

The CAIPS FileCheck Application Form is available as part of our Application Kit (above) but if you would prefer to download it alone you can find it here - download the Application Form.

The Official IMM5744 'Consent to Disclosure' Form


The IMM5744 'Consent to Disclosure' Form is an official Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) form on which you provide your consent for CIC to disclose the information in your CAIPS file to us. CIC will not release your personal information (i.e. your CAIPS file) to us without it as to do so would be a breach of the Canadian Access to Information and Privacy Act.

The Official IMM5744 'Consent to Disclosure' Form is available as part of our Application Kit (above) but if you would prefer to download it alone you can find it here - download the consent form.

3. Send Your Completed Forms to Us


Via Post


Patricia Bridson
BOX 2231
Sidney
BC
V8L 3S8
CANADA

n.b. please contact us for our street address if you are sending your request via courier

Via Fax


Our fax number (Canada) is 1-250-483-1513

Via Email


You can scan and email the forms to us at help@caips.ca.

4. Paying for Our Services


We now use PayPal exclusively to process credit and debit card transactions for our clients - it is quick, easy and secure and it means that you don't have to share your card details with us!  Visit our How To Pay page for further details of how to pay via PayPal.

If you are don't have a credit / debit card or are unable to pay via PayPal, please contact us and we will try to find a solution for you.

The Wait


File requests are processed by CIC in Ottawa, Canada. Most file requests are processed and the files returned to us in approximately 5-6 weeks.

Receiving Your File


We aim to email your file to you in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format the same day we receive it in our office in British Columbia. If you select the 'CAIPS Premium' service we will additionally post or fax the CAIPS file to you at your request.

Help - I Don't Understand!


If you have any questions or problems please feel free to email us at help@caips.ca