Access to Information (GCMS, CAIPS)

GCMS (Global Case Management System) is the new integrated electronic data processing system designed to process application both inside Canada and abroad for IRCC. GCMS has replaced the old systems CAIPS and FOSS that were used before 2010.

The GCMS notes are issued under the Access to Information and Privacy Act (ATIP).

ATIP is a federal law and Canadian citizens and/or Permanent residents can get access to information from any government department under this law. If you are not a Citizen or a Permanent Resident, you can order your GCMS notes through GET GCMSGET GCMS operates from Canada and is in strict compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), keeping everyone’s personal information secure

The system contains a detailed record of each applicant’s file, including correspondence from and to IRCC, documents received from the applicant, detailed notes from the officers reviewing the file among others. The GCMS notes are the only accurate way of providing an applicant with the in-depth view of his file on the IRCC system, thus enabling the applicant to be well informed of the status, or take pro-active steps as needed. Information is entered in these systems from application forms and supporting documentation submitted by applicants and sponsors for all old and new applicants. These notes give you all the information pertaining to the progress of your application.

The type of information tracked by the GCMS includes:

  • First name
  • Family name
  • Date of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Address information
  • Education
  • Travel history
  • Medical history
  • Criminality


We can place a request for GCMS notes on your behalf. We must be authorized by the applicant by signing a consent form. The average processing time to receive GCMS notes is about 4 to 6 weeks. We then place the request under the ATIP and as soon as the GCMS notes are released, the same are transmitted to the applicant via email. Once the consent form has been used to place the request, it cannot be subsequently used again.

We can help you apply for GCMS. Call us at +1-416-854-6022 or email us at


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