Need the status of your Canada visa application?
There are a couple of ways that you can find out the latest status of your Canadian immigration visa application: you can visit CIC's online e-CAS system, which will give you a short summary of which stage of processsing your file has reached (e.g. 'in process' or 'decision made'), or you can request your CAIPS notes which should provide you with a more detailed look at your application status including the date when CIC may deal with your file next.
What is CIC's e-CAS system?
CIC's eCAS or eclient system allows you to instantly check the status of your Canada immigration application online at no cost. Unfortunately, it doesn't actually provide a great deal of information about your application, just what stage of processing it has reached and whether a decision has been made. You can find a link to the eClient Application System on the front page of Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website at http://www.cic.gc.ca.
What about the CAIPS / GCMS system?
CAIPS is short for 'Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System', which is the name of the computer system historically used by Citizenship & Immigration Canada to process all visa applications in overseas offices, such as permanent resident visas, work permits and study permits. The CAIPS system is slowly being superceded by the new GCMS computer (Global Case Management System) but older files are still held within CAIPS.
When a immigration application arrives at the visa office, the immigration officers create a CAIPS file. It is the CAIPS file number that is printed on an Acknowledgement of Receipt ('AOR'). The CAIPS file number is normally the letter "B" followed by 9 digits, e.g. "B 123 456 789", although for a study permit, it will begin with an 'S' and for a visitor visa application it will begin with a 'V'. Newer file numbers often begin with E or EC.
CIC's computer systems - CAIPS, FOSS and GCMS - maintain all information relevant to your permanent residence immigration or visa application, including :-
Unfortunately you cannot request a copy of your CAIPS notes directly using CIC Canada's online systems, and if you don't live in Canada you can't request your CAIPS notes yourself. However, we can apply for your CAIPS notes on your behalf and have done for many thousands of clients to date.
Visit our How Do I Apply? page to apply for your CAIPS notes today!