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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive more information if I use an immigration lawyer

No. You will receive the same information whether you send in the request using a lawyer, registered immigration consultant or anyone else.

No. You will receive the same information whether you send in the request using a lawyer, registered immigration consultant or anyone else who makes the request on your behalf with your consent. Whether the request comes from Joe Public, Joe Reporter or Joe Lawyer is immaterial. Decisions by IRCC concerning disclosure are based on the content of the visa application and the Access to Information Act alone, not upon who has asked for the information.

Professional titles will not slow down or expedite the processing of a your GCMS notes request.


Canada Visa Status - The only way to know the most detailed information of an application is by requesting GCMS Notes. GCMS is the most comprehensive and up-to-date information that can be obtained to understand the status of a visa application or to learn the details about a visa refusal.  It offers far more detail than IRCC’s online system and you can order your GCMS Notes online
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