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All about the new GCMS report

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.

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All about CB01126

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?

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GCMS Responsibility Centre (RC) Codes

Official list of Responsibility Centre (RC) codes used in GCMS

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All about ATIP time extension

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.

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All about the visa office

Immigration regulations state where a visa application must be submitted, they do not stipulate where an application must be processed, which can be at any visa office outside Canada or inside Canada.

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All about the Letter of Explanation (LoE)

Under some circumstances, applicants may need to add a Letter of Explanation (LoE) to their immigration application. Follow these simple rules to write an effective Letter of Explanation.

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GCMS from IRCC vs CBSA

Frequently Asked Questions about requesting GCMS and Entire File from IRCC vs CBSA

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All about the Progress Bar

The progress bar just shows the time elapsed from the day an application is submitted. It does not inform what stage or how far an application has been processed.

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All about Info Sharing

Info sharing is part of Background check & information is shared with Canada’s partner agencies & intelligence partners in the Five Eyes alliance ( Australia, New Zealand, UK & US) to combat international terrorism, war crimes, crimes against humanity & organized crime.

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Guide to Web Form responses after expiry of the 6 month processing mark!

Definitive guide to Web Form responses after expiry of the 6 month processing mark! See samples responses & understand how to make sense of it.