Frequently Asked Questions

GCMS notes refer to the records and data generated during the processing of an immigration application by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) using the GCMS system. GCMS notes contain information about an individual’s immigration history, including their application details, correspondence with IRCC, background checks, and decision-making processes. These notes can be requested by individuals or their representatives to obtain information about the status of their application or to help them prepare for an appeal or other legal proceedings.

GCMS notes are confidential and can only be released to authorized parties with the individual’s consent or as required by law.

CAIPS (Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System) notes are electronic records of an individual’s immigration file in Canada. They are maintained by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and contain information related to an individual’s visa, work permit, permanent residency, citizenship, and other related applications.

Yes, CAIPS notes and GCMS (Global Case Management System) notes are two different systems used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage and maintain electronic records of an individual’s immigration file.

CAIPS notes were the original electronic system used by IRCC to manage immigration files, while GCMS notes are a newer and more advanced system that replaced CAIPS in 2010.

GCMS notes contain more detailed and comprehensive information than CAIPS notes, including details on an individual’s biographic and biometric information, immigration history, and previous applications. GCMS notes may also include information on security and criminal background checks, medical examinations, and other relevant information related to an individual’s immigration status in Canada.

GCMS or CAIPS notes may include details on an individual’s education, employment, criminal history, medical records, and other personal information relevant to their immigration status in Canada. These notes can be accessed by the individual or their authorized representative through a formal request to IRCC.

CAIPS notes are particularly useful for individuals who have applied for immigration to Canada and want to track the status of their application, or for those who have been refused a visa or other immigration status and want to understand the reasons for the refusal. They can also be helpful for immigration lawyers and consultants to provide legal advice and assistance to their clients. Protection Status