If you’ve applied for immigration or visa programs in Canada, chances are you’ve heard about GCMS Notes. But what exactly are GCMS Notes, and why are they so important? In this FAQ post, we’ll answer all your burning questions about GCMS Notes – from what they are and how to request them, to their significance in understanding the status of your application. Whether you’re a first-time applicant or looking for insights into the process, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s dive in and demystify everything you need to know about GCMS Notes!
- What is GCMS Notes?
- What details are there in GCMS Notes?
- Which one to order, GCMS notes from CBSA or IRCC?
- When should you apply for GCMS notes?
- How long does it take to receive the GCMS Notes?
- What do you need to apply for GCMS Notes?
1. What is GCMS Notes?
The Global Case Management System (GCMS) is a digital platform used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for handling both domestic and overseas visa/ immigration application processes. IRCC officers record their observations and concerns about applications within the GCMS system. While IRCC’s refusal letters are typically generic and lacking in detail, GCMS notes provide valuable insight into the reasons for a denied application.
2. What details are there in GCMS Notes?
These notes contain information and observations made by the officers regarding a specific immigration application, including any concerns or issues they may have encountered during the processing of the application. GCMS notes provide a comprehensive overview of an immigration application and the processing it underwent, offering insight into the reasons for decisions made by immigration officers including exact visa refusal reasons.
3. Which one to order, GCMS notes from CBSA or IRCC?
The decision to request your Global Case Management System (GCMS) notes, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is a personal choice. In most cases, obtaining the information from IRCC is sufficient. However, there may be situations were obtaining the information from CBSA is more beneficial. There is no general rule that states CBSA is superior or quicker than IRCC. If processing time is a concern, you can consider requesting your GCMS notes from IRCC and CBSA.
4. When should you apply for GCMS notes?
You can apply for your Global Case Management System (GCMS) notes from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at any time after your immigration application has been submitted. However, it’s typically recommended to wait until your application has been fully processed and a decision has been made before requesting your GCMS notes. We would recommend to apply, only if your application has been pending for longer than usual time or your application has been refused. In case of refusal, you will see the detailed remarks of Visa officer in your GCMS notes regarding reasons for refusal.
5. GCMS Notes Processing Time: How long does it take to receive the GCMS Notes?
We will process your GCMS Notes application within 5 hours and you will receive acknowledgement from CIC by that time. Final processing of GCMS notes is solely depend on IRCC and CBSA. As per our track records, applicants are getting GCMS notes in 15 to 40 days. If you have submitted application through us and has passed 40 days, we will take immediate action to address the situation. To ensure a swift resolution, we will reapply to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on your behalf, without any additional fees.
6. What do you need to apply for GCMS Notes?
You only need to have your application number and Unique Client Identification (UCI) number to apply for GCMS Notes. No scanned documents are required. You can submit your application under a minute. You don’t need to physically sign the consent form; you will have to agree to our terms before payment which includes consent. Once we process your application, you will get acknowledgement from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) directly to your mail. Please make sure you don’t use a disposable mail id or any other mail id other than your own mail id.
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