Immigrating to a foreign country is a time-consuming and overwhelming process. It takes months to determine if your application got accepted or rejected by the authorities due to several immigration factors involved in the process. 

Canadian authorities follow disciplined and strict policies to ensure that only deserving, skilled, and highly-educated applicants can enter the border/port of entry of the country to contribute their talent and knowledge for the welfare and the growth of the economy. Hence, the process takes months to scrutinize your applications and select the best candidates. 

But how to keep track of your immigration status? 

GCMS notes CIC is the system that keeps records of each applicant file and important documents submitted when applying for immigration programs. By accessing GCMS Notes Canada, you can easily learn vital information about your application status and how long it will take until you know the outcome. 

But first, let’s understand:

What are GCMS notes?

GCMS stands for Global Case Management System, which keeps track of immigration applications on behalf of the applicants. The Global Case Management System is accessible to temporary residence applicants, such as visitor visas, study permits,  and work permit programs, and permanent residency, including express entry, family sponsorship, and provincial nomination program. 

The system contains in-depth information on each applicant file, including documents received from the applicants, correspondence from IRCC, reviews from each officer, and more.  The GCMS notes CIC is the only way applicants can get accurate and relevant information about their application status on the IRCC system. The GCMS notes Canada is issued under the guidance of the Access to Information and Privacy Act (ATIP), the federal law that provides access to information to any Canadian citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident, and government department in Canadian citizenship. However, if you don’t fall under any of the above categories, you may have to follow certain criteria to apply for GCMS notes IRCC. 

How to apply GCMS / ATIP notes IRCC?

To get access to your IRCC GCMS notes, you will need to file a request based on the Access on Information Act/Privacy Act. It is vital to understand that anyone who has an application with IRCC and CBSA and has cleared the R-10 completeness stage can probably apply for a set of GCMS notes. To submit ATIP the applicant must be either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or individual legally residing within Canada. 

Applicants outside Canada can apply for GCMS notes through a representative who is either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or legal resident in Canada. 

How to request GCMS notes?

To request GCMS notes, you must file an ATIP with IRCC viva online on their website or by sending an email. There is also a processing fee of $5 CAD that users need to pay online to obtain IRCC GCMS notes. 

Generally, the GCMS notes processing time takes not more than 30 days; however, in some cases, it might take longer depending on certain situations. 

At Chaudhary Law, we consist of a team of dedicated and highly-qualified legal professionals who provide the finest legal services and find the most suitable solutions to your concerns. From the refugee appeal division to helping applicants get a faster permanent visa (PR) in Canada, we specialize in all aspects of immigration law. To hire the best immigration lawyer in Toronto or learn more about TR to PR, get in touch with us today! 

Tips to boost your immigration process to Canada

1. Thoroughly research program eligibility

Carefully read all the eligibility requirements and conditions that applicants need to fulfill to apply under any immigration program. Minor mistakes can lead to delays in the application process time.

2. Get all your documents 

Get all your documents checked multiple times by a professional to ensure you have submitted the right documents (e.g. police clearances, proof of relevant experience and education etc) and in the correct format. Appropriate documentation is the key to a faster immigration process and successful outcome.

3. Polish your language proficiency 

Language proficiency is one of the crucial aspects of your immigration process. Applicants with higher language proficiency can easily increase their scores and enjoy successful outcomes. French and English are the two most common languages spoken in Canada.

4. Consult a qualified legal professional

Lastly, consult a good and reputable immigration lawyer to improve your chances of getting your application accepted and create an appealing image in front of the immigration authorities.

A good and trustworthy lawyer can help you overcome legal complications, make you aware of your legal rights and obligations, and provide you with required legal assistance throughout the immigration process. Get in touch with one of our representatives to learn more about GCMS notes for visitor visas or our legal services.

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