- IRCC processes orders only during regular business hours, Eastern Time. That means processing of orders received by IRCC outside of operating hours or the weekend will begin the following business day.
- The GCMS notes are usually generated around the time the request is made, not at the time when it’s released.
- IRCC can extend the time limit to respond to a request beyond the 30 calendar days. We may be notified within the first 30 days if the processing of your order is going to be delayed. As soon as we get notified we will inform you as well.
Received your Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) The GCMS file will normally have, at minimum, two useful pieces of information:
- The bring forward date will tell you when your application will be put on an immigration officer’s desk for formal assessment. This is when you will discover if you have been granted an interview waiver. Please note that the bring forward date is not guaranteed and should only be considered as a time frame for an interview or selection decision.
- The preliminary points assessment (entered by paper screeners at the visa office) will indicate whether the visa office is interpreting your application in the way you had hoped. If a problem appears here then you have the opportunity to send additional documents in before an immigration officer formally assesses the file.
Passed medicals, and paid the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF). The normal reason for delays after medical/RPRF are CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Service) security checks or a processing error. The GCMS file will indicate if security checks have been completed, and what other steps are outstanding if any.