Check your application status

Select your application type to find out how to check your application status.

What did you apply for?

  • Immigration
  • Family sponsorship

    Who are you sponsoring?

  • Citizenship

    Which citizenship application?

    • Becoming a Canadian citizen (grant of citizenship)

      Select the application type:

      • Adult (18 or older)

        Have you received your acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email?

        You’ll get this letter or email after we receive your application and check that it’s complete. It can take some time before you receive it.

      • Minor (under 18)

        Have you received your acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email?

        You’ll get this letter or email after we receive your application and check that it’s complete. It can take some time before you receive it.

      • Canadian Armed Forces member

        Have you received your acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email?

        You’ll get this letter or email after we receive your application and check that it’s complete. It can take some time before you receive it.

      • Adoption

        Have you received your acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email?

        You’ll get this letter or email after we receive your application and check that it’s complete. It can take some time before you receive it.

    • Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)

      How did you apply?

      • Online (digital)
      • By mail (paper)

        Where did you apply from?

        • Canada or the United States

          Have you received your acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email?

          You’ll get your AOR after we receive your application and check that it’s complete. It can take a while before you get it.

        • Outside Canada and the United States

          Did you provide your email in your application?

          • Yes

            Have you received your acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email?

            You’ll get your AOR after we receive your application and check that it’s complete. It can take a while before you get it.

          • No

            Do you have your client ID number or your unique client identifier (UCI)?

            If you didn’t include an email address on your application, you won’t automatically get your UCI and the confirmation that we received your application. Contact the office where you mailed your application to get your client ID or UCI.

    • Search of citizenship records

      How did you apply?

    • Resuming Canadian citizenship
    • Giving up Canadian citizenship (renunciation)
  • Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
  • Visitor visa
  • Work permit

    What did you apply for?

    • Work permit outside Canada

      How did you apply?

    • Work permit inside Canada (initial, extension or change of conditions)

      How did you apply?

    • Work permit for asylum claimants

      How did you apply?

  • Study permit
  • Permanent resident card (PR Card)
  • Refugees
  • Verification of status (VOS) or request to amend

Immigration

This includes applications for the following:

  • Agri-Food Pilot
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • Canadian experience class
  • caregivers
  • federal skilled workers
  • federal skilled trades
  • health-care workers permanent residence pathway
  • humanitarian and compassionate cases
  • out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area
  • protected persons
  • provincial nominees
  • Quebec-selected skilled workers
  • Quebec investors
  • Quebec entrepreneurs
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  • self-employed persons
  • start-up visas
  • temporary resident permit holders

Express Entry applications

Canadian Experience Class applications

We’re working at full capacity to process applications.

You may experience delays because we have a backlog of applications due to COVID-19.

All other Express Entry applications

  • We have limited capacity to process applications and you may experience a delay.
  • If your application was approved on or before March 18, 2020, and your COPR has expired, you must follow these instructions.

Find more information about how COVID-19 affects your immigration application

How to check your application status

Express Entry online applications

If you applied for Express Entry online, get the latest updates in your account:

  1. Sign in to your online account.
  2. Go to View my submitted applications or profiles.
  3. Click on Check status and messages.

Sign in to your account

Paper applications and non-Express Entry online applications

There are 2 ways to check your application status online.

Option 1: Use the Client Application Status tool

This online tool is updated daily.

Check application status

Option 2: Check your application status in your online account

You can create a secure IRCC online account and link it to your existing application. If you applied online, this is a different account to the one you used when you applied.

Find out which applications you can link to an online account.

In your online account, you get

  • status updates
  • messages about your application online instead of by mail
Link your existing application to an online account

Find out how to

Spouse, partner or dependent child: In Canada process

We’re still accepting family sponsorship applications.

Check your application status

If you’re the person being sponsored, you can create an online account and link your paper application to it. Through this account, we will

  1. send you alerts and messages about your application
  2. ask you for other documents or information we need to process your application

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You must create a new account if

  • this is your first time checking your application status
  • you’ve been using the Client Application Status (CAS) tool to check your application status
    • you cannot reuse your CAS username and password

To register, you’ll need your

If you’re a representative or designated person, you’ll also need your

Status updates will only show up after you get an acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email.

  • Until then, you may be able to see
    • the date we got your application
    • the name of the sponsor
    • your contact information

You need a Chrome (opens in a new tab) , Safari (opens in a new tab)  or Firefox (opens in a new tab)  web browser to access your account.

Create an account

Register

Sign in to check your status

Sign in

Find out how to

Spouse, partner or dependent child: Outside Canada process

We’re still accepting family sponsorship applications.

Check your application status

To let us contact you online or by email

If you’re the person being sponsored, you can create an online account and link your paper application to it. Through this account, we will

  1. send you alerts and messages about your application
  2. ask you for other documents or information we need to process your application

To check your status

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You must create a new account if

  • this is your first time checking your application status
  • you’ve been using the Client Application Status (CAS) tool to check your application status
    • you cannot reuse your CAS username and password

To register, you’ll need your

If you’re a representative or designated person, you’ll also need your

Status updates will only show up after you get an acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter or email.

  • Until then, you may be able to see
    • the date we got your application
    • the name of the sponsor
    • your contact information

You need a Chrome (opens in a new tab) , Safari (opens in a new tab)  or Firefox (opens in a new tab)  web browser to access your account.

Create an account

Register

Sign in to check your status

Sign in

Find out how to

Adopted child or other relative

We’re still accepting family sponsorship applications.

Check your application status

If you’re the person being sponsored, you can

The person sponsoring you can check the status of your application by using our online tool.

Find out how to

Parents and grandparents

Check your application status

If you’re the person being sponsored, you can

The person sponsoring you can check the status of your application by using our online tool.

Find out how to

Visitor visa

This includes:

  • tourist visa
  • super visa
  • transit visa
  • business visa

 Online application

If you applied for your visa online, sign in to your account to check your application status. Click “check status and messages” under the “View my submitted applications or profiles” section.

Sign in to your account

 Paper Application

If you applied for your visa on paper, you can link your application to an online account. In your account, you can see the status of your application and receive messages about your application.

Link your paper application to your online account

Find out how to

Study permit

This includes:

  • study permit
  • study permit extension
  • work permit for student

Study permits

How to check your application status

 Online applications

Sign in to your account to check your application status. Click “check status and messages” under the “View my submitted applications or profiles” section.

Sign in to your account

 Paper applications

You can link your application to an online account. In your account, you can see the status of your application and receive messages about your application.

Link your paper application to your online account

Find out how to

Refugees

This includes

  • convention refugees
  • humanitarian protected persons
  • group of five
  • sponsorship by agreement holders and constituent groups
  • joint assistance program
  • sponsorship agreement
  • community sponsors

  How to check your application status

The Client Application Status tool allows you to securely view the status of your application online. It’s updated daily.

Before checking your application status you will need to

  • gather all the documents you have received regarding your application and
  • have your identification numbers from these documents to log in

Check the client application status tool

Processing times

If you cannot use the check application status tool, you can check processing times to see how long it normally takes to process your type of application.

Check processing times

Find out more about how you can update or ask about an application in progress.

Permanent resident card (PR card)

This includes:

  • initial PR card
  • renewal
  • replacement

  Client application status Updated daily

The check application status tool allows you to securely view the status of your application online.

Before checking your application status you will need to:

  • gather all the documents you have received regarding your application and
  • have your identification numbers from these documents to log in.

Check application status

 Processing times

If you cannot use the check application status tool, you can check processing times to see how long it takes to process your type of application.

Check processing times

Find out more about how you can update or ask about an application in progress.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

You can get online updates on pending applications and the expiration date or status of existing eTAs.

Check your eTA status

Find out more about how you can update or ask about an application in progress.

Becoming a Canadian citizen (grant of citizenship)

We’re still accepting new applications for citizenship.

We can’t give you more information than what is already available in the Citizenship Application Tracker.

1. Check your application status

There’s a new way for you to check the status of your application to become a Canadian citizen.

You must create a new account if

  • this is your first time checking the status of your citizenship application
  • you’ve been using the Client Application Status (CAS) tool to check your application status
    • You cannot re-use your CAS username and password.

Find out what your application status means (opens in a new tab) 

You need a Chrome (opens in a new tab), Safari (opens in a new tab) or Firefox (opens in a new tab) web browser to access your account.

Sign in to check your status

You can sign in only after you’ve created your account.

Sign in (opens in a new tab) 

2. Final steps to become a Canadian citizen

We’re now doing tests and interviews for applicants who qualify for urgent processing.

Citizenship test

Since December 1, 2020, we’re inviting some applicants to take the citizenship test online.

  • Wait for us to invite you.
  • If you can’t or don’t want to do the online test, you may wait until in-person tests resume (date to be determined).

Retests, interviews and hearings (including videoconference hearings)

We cancelled most retests, interviews and hearings (including videoconference hearings).

  • Wait for us to contact you.
  • If you need to change your appointment, contact the office that sent the invitation.
    • The contact information is in the letter we sent.
  • We use Microsoft Teams to schedule urgent tests and interviews (if you qualify and apply for urgent processing).

Video oath ceremony (virtual citizenship ceremony)

Since April 1, 2020, we started inviting applicants to take the Oath of Citizenship through video calls.

Wait for us to invite you.

Contact us through the Web form if you

  • had a ceremony scheduled on or before March 15, 2020, and
  • haven’t received an invitation for a video oath ceremony.

Find out how to

Wait until you receive your AOR

Last updated: August 15, 2022

You can only check your application status after you receive your AOR letter or email.

We’re now sending AOR letters or emails for paper and online applications received

the week of August 5, 2022

If you still haven’t received your AOR, your application may be

  • taking longer for us to review due to COVID-19
  • incomplete and on its way back to you, or
  • going through further review before we start processing it

When we’ll receive your application

Paper application

  • You have to wait for us to receive your application by mail.
  • If you have a tracking number with a courier or postal service, you can check if they delivered your application to us.
  • After we check that your application is complete, we’ll send you the AOR.

Online application

We’re currently testing a new online citizenship application with some applicants.

  • If you’ve already applied on paper, do not apply online.
  • We’re working to make sure that more people can apply online in the future.

We receive your application right after you submit it.

  • You immediately get an email that confirms you’ve successfully submitted your application.
  • This email is not an AOR.
  • We need time to check that your application is complete.
  • You’ll get an AOR after we check that your application is complete.

Wait until you receive your AOR (Minor)

Last updated: August 15, 2022

You can only check your application status after you receive your AOR letter or email.

We’re now sending AOR letters or emails for applications received

the week of August 5, 2022

If you still haven’t received your AOR, your application may be

  • taking longer for us to review due to COVID-19
  • incomplete and on its way back to you, or
  • going through further review before we start processing it

When we’ll receive your application

  • You have to wait for us to receive your application by mail.
  • If you have a tracking number with a courier or postal service, you can check if they delivered your application to us.
  • After we check that your application is complete, we’ll send you the AOR.

Becoming a Canadian citizen (Canadian Armed Forces member)

We’re still accepting new applications for citizenship.

1. Check your application status

The Client Application Status tool is updated daily.

Before checking your application status, you’ll need to

  • gather all the documents you have received regarding your application
  • have your identification numbers from these documents to log in

If you can’t check your status online

Check application status

2. Final steps to become a Canadian citizen

We’re now doing tests and interviews for applicants who qualify for urgent processing.

Citizenship test

Since December 1, 2020, we’re inviting some applicants to take the citizenship test online.

  • Wait for us to invite you.
  • If you can’t or don’t want to do the online test, you may wait until in-person tests resume (date to be determined).

Retests, interviews and hearings (including videoconference hearings)

We cancelled most retests, interviews and hearings (including videoconference hearings).

  • Wait for us to contact you.
  • If you need to change your appointment, contact the office that sent the invitation.
    • The contact information is in the letter we sent.
  • We use Microsoft Teams to schedule urgent tests and interviews (if you qualify and apply for urgent processing).

Video oath ceremony (virtual citizenship ceremony)

Since April 1, 2020, we started inviting applicants to take the Oath of Citizenship through video calls.

Wait for us to invite you.

Contact us through the Web form if you

  • had a ceremony scheduled on or before March 15, 2020, and
  • haven’t received an invitation for a video oath ceremony.

Find out how to

Wait until you receive your AOR (Canadian Armed Forces member)

Last updated: August 15, 2022

We’re now sending AOR letters or emails for applications received

the week of August 5, 2022

If you still haven’t received your AOR, your application may be

  • taking longer for us to review due to COVID-19
  • incomplete and on its way back to you, or
  • going through further review before we start processing it

You can check your application status online only after you have received your AOR letter or email.

Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship)

How to check your application status

The Client Application Status tool allows you to securely view the status of your application online.

Before checking your application status, you will need to

  • gather all the documents you have received regarding your application
  • have your identification numbers from these documents to log in

Check the Client Application Status tool

Find out how to

Becoming a Canadian citizen (Adoption)

We’re still accepting new applications for citizenship.

We can’t give you more information than what is already available in the Client Application Status tool.

Check your application status

The Client Application Status tool is updated daily.

Before checking your application status, you’ll need to

  • gather all the documents you have received regarding your application
  • have your identification numbers from these documents to log in

If you can’t check your status online

Check application status

Find out how to

Wait until you receive your AOR (Adoption)

You can check your application status online only after you have received your AOR letter or email.

Resuming Canadian citizenship

Client application status Updated daily

The Client Application Status tool allows you to securely view the status of your application online.

Before checking your application status, you will need to

  • gather all the documents you have received regarding your application
  • have your identification numbers from these documents to log in

Check application status

Processing times

If you cannot use the Client Application Status tool, you can check processing times to see how long it takes to process your type of application.

Check processing times

Giving up Canadian citizenship (renunciation)

Client application status Updated daily

The Client Application Status tool allows you to securely view the status of your application online.

Before checking your application status, you will need to

  • gather all the documents you have received regarding your application
  • have your identification numbers from these documents to log in

Check application status

Processing times

If you cannot use the Client Application Status tool, you can check processing times to see how long it takes to process your type of application.

Check processing times

Global Skills Strategy work permit

We’re still accepting new applications. We’re working at full capacity to process new GSS-eligible work permit applications.

Due to COVID-19,

  • there’s a backlog and it may take longer than 2 weeks to process your application
    • if you contact us, our Client Support Centre agents
      • can’t tell you how much longer it will take to process your application
      • can’t give you more information than what’s available in your account
    • if we need to ask you for more documents, expect longer delays
    • travel restrictions and changes to our services may affect you

Check your application status

Get the latest updates in your account:

  1. Sign in to your online account
  2. Go to “View my submitted application or profiles”
  3. Click “Check status and messages”

Sign in to your account

Work permit: Submitted online and outside Canada

We’re still accepting new applications.

Check your application status

Get the latest updates in your account:

  1. Sign in to your online account
  2. Go to “View my submitted application or profiles”
  3. Click “Check status and messages”

Sign in to your account

Find out how to

Work permit: Submitted on paper and outside Canada

You can link your application to an online account. In your account, you can see the status of your application and receive messages about your application.

Link your paper application to your online account

Find out how to

Work permit inside Canada (initial, extensions and changes): Submitted online

We’re still accepting new applications, and we’re working at full capacity to process work permit extensions and condition changes.

Check your application status

Get the latest updates in your account:

  1. Sign in to your online account
  2. Go to “View my submitted application or profiles”
  3. Click “Check status and messages”

Sign in to your account

Find out how to

Work permit inside Canada (initial, extensions and changes): Submitted on paper

We’re still accepting new applications, and we’re working at full capacity to process work permit extensions and condition changes.

You can link your application to an online account. In your account, you can see the status of your application and receive messages about your application.

Link your paper application to your online account

Find out how to

Work permit for asylum claimants: Submitted online

We’re still accepting new applications, and we’re working at full capacity to process work permit extensions and condition changes.

Check your application status

Get the latest updates in your account:

  1. Sign in to your online account
  2. Go to “View my submitted application or profiles”
  3. Click “Check status and messages”

Sign in to your account

Find out how to

Work permit for asylum claimants: Submitted on paper

We’re still accepting new applications, and we’re working at full capacity to process work permit extensions and condition changes.

You can link your application to an online account. In your account, you can see the status of your application and receive messages about your application.

Link your paper application to your online account

Find out how to

Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship): Submitted online

Check your application status

Sign in to your account to check your application status.

Under View my submitted applications or profiles, click Check status and messages.

Sign in to your account

Find out

Wait until you get your AOR

You can only check your application status after you get your AOR.

After you apply online, you immediately get an email that confirms you’ve successfully submitted your application. This email is not your AOR.

We need time to check that your application is complete. If it is, you’ll get your AOR.

Our Client Support Centre agents do not have more information on processing times or how long it will take for you to receive your AOR.

You can also see

Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship) in Canada or the United States: Submitted by mail

Check your application status

You can use the client application status tool to check the status of your application online. It’s updated daily. To sign in to the client application status tool, you need your

  • unique client identifier (UCI) or
  • application number

To get your UCI and application number, contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate(opens in a new tab) where you sent your application.

Check the client application status tool

You can also see

Wait until you get your AOR

You can only check your application status after you get your AOR. You’ll get your AOR after we

  • receive your application
  • make sure your application is complete

If you haven’t received your AOR, your application may be

  • taking longer for us to review due to COVID-19
  • incomplete and on its way back to you or
  • going through further review before we start processing it

Our Client Support Centre agents do not have more information on processing times or how long it will take for you to receive your AOR.

Wait until you get your AOR

You can only check your application status after you get your AOR. You’ll get your AOR after we

  • receive your application
    • If you have a tracking number with a courier or postal service, you can check if they delivered your application to us.
  • make sure your application is complete

If you haven’t received your AOR, your application may be

  • taking longer for us to review due to COVID-19
  • incomplete and on its way back to you or
  • going through further review before we start processing it

Our Client Support Centre agents do not have more information on processing times or how long it will take for you to receive your AOR.

Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship) outside Canada and the United States: Submitted by mail

Check your application status

You can use the client application status tool to check the status of your application online. It’s updated daily. To sign in to the client application status tool, you need your

  • unique client identifier (UCI) or
  • application number

You can find your UCI and application number in your AOR.

Check the client application status tool

You can also see 

Citizenship certificate (proof of citizenship) outside Canada and the United States: Submitted by mail

Check your application status

You can use the client application status tool to check the status of your application online. It’s updated daily. To sign in to the client application status tool, you need your

  • unique client identifier (UCI) or
  • application number

To get your UCI and application number, contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate(opens in a new tab) where you sent your application.

Check the client application status tool

You can also see

Contact us to get your application number or unique client identifier (UCI)

When we receive your application, we won’t automatically send you a confirmation.

Contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate where you submitted your application to

Our Client Support Centre agents do not have additional information on processing times or how long it will take for you to receive your AOR.

Search of citizenship records: Submitted online

Check your application status

Sign in to your account to check your application status. Under View my submitted applications or profiles, click Check status and messages.

Sign in to your account

You can also see 

Search of citizenship records in Canada or the United States: Submitted by mail

Check your application status

You can contact our Client Support Centre to get an update on your application status. Our Client Support Centre agents

  • can give you information about your application status
  • do not have more information on processing times and can’t tell you how much longer it will take to process your application

You can also see

Search of citizenship records outside Canada and the United States: Submitted by mail

Check your application status

To get an update on your application, you can either

Our agents

  • can give you information about your application status
  • do not have more information on processing times and can’t tell you how much longer it will take us to process your application

You can also see

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