When applying for permanent residence in Canada it is important to ensure that the immigration process is going as intended. Given the very limited feedback from the visa office (mainly the acknowledgement of receipt letter, and sometimes a request for additional documents) and their limited ability to respond to status inquiries, this may be a difficult task.
Order GCMS or CAIPS notes to look into the immigration or Temporary resident visa file
GCMS request is a mechanism that allows to receive the most detailed official information from the immigration file legally and within acceptable time. Canadian legislation provides for an opportunity to submit such request to a government body and binds them to respond.
Instead of calling CIC call center and submitting inquiries via CIC website (if you are patient and persistent enough, you usually end up receiving a message that the case is in progress and no action is required) you may order GCMS notes and look into the file itself.
On tens of pages of a GCMS report you may see detailed information about your application, including all important dates, communication log, documents requested and received, officer’s notes, concerns and decisions, reasons for an upcoming interview and so on.