Family class applications: Initial review and file creation

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

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Application made

In the Regulations, “application made” means the date that the application is date stamped as received by the Case Processing Centre. A paper application is date stamped the day it is received in the mailroom at the Case Processing Centre. The date that the Case Processing Centre has received and date stamped an application is proof that an application has been made. An online application submitted via the permanent residence online application portal is date stamped when it is submitted and this can be viewed in the portal dashboard. The date that the application is received in the portal is proof that an application has been made online.

Note: IRCC manages applications to sponsor parents and grandparents in accordance with unique procedures outlined in Intake process for family class applications for parents and grandparents.

Quebec cases

For information about sponsorships for persons residing in Quebec see Sponsorships from persons residing in Quebec.

Immigration category and GCMS codes for principal applicants

Category of principal applicant Codes for GCMS
Spouse FC1
Dependent child FC3
Common-law partner FCC
Conjugal partner FCE
Spouse or common-law partner under the public policy under A25(1) to facilitate processing in accordance with the Regulations of the Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada Class FCH
Parent or grandparent FC4
Orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild FC5
Child to be adopted FC6
Other relative FC7
Adopted child FC9

Subcategory coding: Family class spousal applications

Category Codes for GCMS
FC1 or FCC case processed within Canada under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class CDA
FC1 or FCC case processed overseas (including CPC-O) OVSFootnote *
FCH cases processed within Canada under the spousal public policy PP

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