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How to access your CIC file and status of processing

Old Mar 30th 2011, 4:56 am
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Not heard from the embassy for far too long? Not sure if they got your address change, since they don’t bother confirming changes? Wondering whether they received the medicals or police reports or …? Wondering why they rejected you?

Canadian citizens (in Canada or abroad), permanent residents (in Canada or abroad), and anyone resident in Canada, can request their own files from CIC or (with permission) can access the files of others. If you do not fall into one of these categories but you know somebody who does, you can give access permission to them and they can request your file.

The easiest and quickest thing to ask for, which does not involve staff time of the embassy, are the records from three systems: CAIPS, FOSS, and GCMS. They are in a transition between systems, and it is unclear to me which system contains which records. The application form says GCMS is only for citizenship files, but I believe this is now incorrect.

Details of how to apply are http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/departm...s-personal.asp

There are also commercial services located in Canada who will do it for you (in case you do not know any Canadians). Their web site also have some decent interpretive information for CAIPS files. See http://www.caips.ca/

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Old Mar 30th 2011, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by bewillow
Not heard from the embassy for far too long? Not sure if they got your address change, since they don’t bother confirming changes? Wondering whether they received the medicals or police reports or …? Wondering why they rejected you?

Canadian citizens (in Canada or abroad), permanent residents (in Canada or abroad), and anyone resident in Canada, can request their own files from CIC or (with permission) can access the files of others. If you do not fall into one of these categories but you know somebody who does, you can give access permission to them and they can request your file.

The easiest and quickest thing to ask for, which does not involve staff time of the embassy, are the records from three systems: CAIPS, FOSS, and GCMS. They are in a transition between systems, and it is unclear to me which system contains which records. The application form says GCMS is only for citizenship files, but I believe this is now incorrect.

Details of how to apply are http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/departm...s-personal.asp

There are also commercial services located in Canada who will do it for you (in case you do not know any Canadians). Their web site also have some decent interpretive information for CAIPS files. See http://www.caips.ca/
Thank you for posting this. The last website you quote is good and full of info on CAIPS. Such a pity it takes 5-6 weeks to get your file to you

I am tempted to request them as we are waiting for a decision on medicals (more info) and would like to know if they are thinking along the lines of excessive demand, but given that it takes that long, i think we will let nature takes its course.
thanx again for posting...really useful

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Originally Posted by LinsyPinsy
Such a pity it takes 5-6 weeks to get your file to you
If I was running such a business from a lovely remote island in BC, I would under-promise (5-6 weeks) and try to over-deliver (faster!).

I suspect it will not take as long when applying directly.
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CAIPS is used entirely for overseas processing and visa applications. FOSS is used entirely within Canada. They may well have links to each other but they are very different in how they look as FOSS is much older. GCMS, one assumes, will create a unified system available to all visa and immigration personnel.

CAIPS = Computer-Assisted Immigration Processing System
FOSS = Field Office Support System
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Thanks for that!

And GCMS = Global Case Management System
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Thanks to bewillow for the original post and Jim for clarification. Good thread!
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