The legislated time-frame for processing a request under the Access to Information Act is 30 calendar days. However, in reality it takes IRCC far less time to process a request.
Due to concerns about illegal immigration, child abduction and abuse, and identity fraud – information about minors can only be released with the consent of both biological parents or with a valid custody agreement.
Chinook is IRCC’s Excel based tool used to bulk process immigration applications. See official Chinook documents obtained directly from IRCC.
It appears that IRCC ATIP is taking advantage of a reporting loophole to gamify the GCMS process and mask processing delays.
Through social media monitoring IRCC has the ability to uncover microscopic information from ordinary individuals – even if that information is technically public.
Applicants are noticing that pages are missing in their GCMS notes. “Withheld under section 16(2)(c) of the Act” is the message from IRCC. Why?
IRCC and CBSA have been working together to implement a new GCMS format with the goal of reducing the number of pages generated all while still providing key information to applicants. Learn more about the new GCMS report.
As per public forum there are people waiting for review under officer CB01126 for a long time but no action has been taken by this officer to clear files. Sound familiar?
Official list of Responsibility Centre (RC) codes used in GCMS
Government agencies like IRCC, CBSA and CSIS are permitted under the ATIP Act to take a time extension for a reasonable period of time. Extensions are always in addition to the statutory 30 day limit. Find out what it means and what can be done about it.