Welcome to CAIPS FileCheck!

Welcome to CAIPS FileCheck - if you want to know how to obtain your GCMS notes and check the status of your immigration application for Canada, or even the status of your work or study permit application, you have come to the right place!  

What Are 'GCMS' Files?

GCMS is short for 'Global Case Management System', which is the computer system that IRCC officers use to process all immigration and visa applications.

Why Is This Interesting?

If you are not applying or have applied for a Canadian visa, then GCMS records or other IRCC files are of no interest to you!

However, if you have applied to emigrate to Canada with a PR visa - as a skilled worker, business applicant/investor or as a spouse or other family member of someone already in Canada - then, with our help, you can obtain a copy of your immigration file from IRCC and find out what has happened to your application so far, and get an indication of what will happen next with your file, and when.

The system also holds information on work permits, study permits and visitor visas, and we can also apply for these reports on your behalf. If you have had a study permit or visitor visa application refused, your file should show the reason(s) given by IRCC for denying your application and help you to prepare if you intend to reapply.   

Should I Get My File?

There are many situations where you may want to apply for your GCMS notes. If you have been asked to attend an interview, then you may wish to obtain your notes to find out why the interview was requested, so that you can be well prepared for the IRCC officer's questions.

If you have had an application refused, you may wish to see your file to understand the reason(s) IRCC had for refusing your visa.

Also, if you feel that your application is taking longer than usual, or you have not heard anything from the visa office for a surprisingly long time, then you may consider requesting your immigration file to check that your application is on track. We have often tracked unexplained delays down to missing letters or documents which have been highlighted as soon as the file is obtained. For example, IRCC may have written to an applicant requesting additional references, educational transcripts or language tests, but the applicant's address can be incorrect or outdated.

Finally if you have any other worry about your application status or progress, or are just generally curious as to what has happened so far, then you can obtain your IRCC file just to put your mind at rest.

How Do I Get My IRCC GCMS File?

Getting your file is cheap and easy - you just need our help! You can find easy to follow instructions in our application guide or download our comprehensive CAIPS FileCheck Application Kit which explains what we need from you in order to request your GCMS notes and how much our services cost.

If you still need help, don't hesitate to email us at help@caips.ca.  We have requested thousands of GCMS reports for clients from around the world - we have dealt with applications from London, Manila, New Delhi, Beijing, and virtually every other IRCC office around the world. We look forward to helping you!