What is GCMS?
GCMS stands for Global Case Management System. It is basically what Canadian Immigration and Citizenship department of Canada is currently using via computer systems for processing immigration and visa applications. it enables an applicant to know what is happening with his/her application.
If you are physically in Canada, you can obtain them for free under the Privacy Act.
If you are overseas, someone else (a Citizen, Permanent Resident, or someone physically present in Canada) will have to obtain them for you under the Access to Information Act, for which your consent is required. This can be a relative, friend or sponsor, or a commercial service. For this service, there is a $5 fee charge (usually higher if you engage the services of a third-party commercial company).
Under the Canadian Access to Information and Privacy Act the IRCC has to respond to a request for GCMS notes within 30 days. However, 40 days is the average processing time after taking into consideration the workload on different offices and the number of pending requests.
Detailed Steps To Order GCMS Notes
- Apply online at https://atip-aiprp.apps.gc.ca/atip/welcome.do?lang=en – scroll to the very bottom. Check that you have read the Privacy Notice and click on Continue button.
- Scroll down and check the privacy Notice box and Submit.
- Select the first field from the drop down. menu.
- Select the second field from drop down menu which reads “Individual present in Canada”
- Complete the form with your personal details.
- Select the category that best describes you.
- Choose the preferred mode to receive GCMS notes e.g. “E-mail”
- Continue to the next page.
- Select Privacy Act on the next page that shows.
- Submit final request.
Here is a Sample of GCMS Notes – Download