How to check your application status

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

What did you apply for?

  • 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)
  • Passport
  • Visitor visa
  • Permanent resident card (PR Card)
  • Family sponsorship

    What kind of family sponsorship?

  • Work permit
  • Study permit
  • Refugees
  • Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
  • Immigration

    What kind of immigration application?

  • Verification of status (VOS) or request to amend

Express Entry

This includes applications for

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  • Federal Skilled Workers
  • Federal Skilled Trades

How to check your application status

You can check the status of your application in the Application status tracker(opens in a new tab) .

You must create a new account if

To register, you need your

If you’re a representative or designated person, you 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

If you applied on paper, you can

You’ll see any updates to your application status there.

Other immigration programs

This includes applications for the following:

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

How to check your application status

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.

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

Check your application status

You can check the status of your application through the application status tracker(opens in a new tab) .

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.

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

Check your status

You can check the status of your application through the application status tracker(opens in a new tab) .

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: The sponsor

Use the Client application status tool Updated daily

This tool lets you securely view the status of your application online.

You’ll need to

  • gather all the documents about the application
  • have the identification numbers from them ready
Check your application status

Find out how to

Parents and grandparents: The person being sponsored

There are 2 ways to get your application status online.

Get your application status in an IRCC secure account

You can create an online account and link it to your existing application.

In the IRCC secure account, you’ll get

  • status updates
  • messages about your application, instead of by mail

If you applied online, this is a different account than the one you used to apply.

Link your existing application to an online account

Use the Client application status tool

This lets you to securely view the status of your application online.

You’ll need to

  • gather all the documents about your application that you’ve received
  • have the identification numbers from them ready
Check your application status

Find out how to

Visitor visa

This includes:

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

There’s a new way to check your application status

Use the application status tracker(opens in a new tab)  to get updates about your application. To create an account you need your

 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 View my submitted applications or profiles.

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

Our Client Support Centre agents do not have more information about your application than what’s in your account.

How to check your application status

There’s a new way to check your application status

Use the application status tracker(opens in a new tab)  to get updates about your application. To create an account you need your

 Online applications

If you’re applying to extend or change the conditions of your study permit, you can’t use the application status tracker. Sign in to your account to check your application status. Click “Check status and messages” under 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

There are 2 ways to check your application status online.

Check your application status in an IRCC secure account

You can create an online account and link it to your existing application.

In the IRCC secure account, you’ll get

  1. status updates
  2. messages about your application, instead of by mail

If you applied online, this is a different account than the one you used to apply.

Link your existing application to an online account

Use the Client application status tool

This lets you securely view the status of your application online.

You’ll need to

  • gather all the documents about your application that you’ve received
  • have the identification numbers from them ready
Check your application status

Find out how to

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

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

Clients with a valid work permit or study permit

You won’t be able to check the status of your eTA at this time. We’re working to update the tool as quickly as possible.

Check your eTA status

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

Adult or minor applicant has an AOR and a PR tracker account: 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.

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

If this is your first time checking a citizenship application status, you can sign in with the same PR tracker information, such as your

Have an existing citizenship tracker account? You may continue to sign in.

We updated the tracker on October 13, 2022. If this is your first time signing in since that date, you must reset your password (opens in a new tab)  if you

  • have an existing citizenship tracker account or
  • sign in with your PR tracker information

Sign in (opens in a new tab) 

Create an account

If you can’t use your PR tracker information (for example, your UCI or party ID is now different), you must create a citizenship tracker account.

If you’re an applicant

In addition to your UCI, you’ll also need the following to create an account:

If you’re a representative

You need a party ID to create an account. If you don’t have a party ID, find out how to get one (opens in a new tab) .

Register (opens in a new tab) 

Find out how to

Adult or minor applicant has an AOR, but no PR tracker account: 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.

Check your application status

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) 

Create an account

If you’re an applicant

You need the following to create an account:

If you’re a representative

To create an account, you need a party ID (opens in a new tab) .

Register (opens in a new tab) 

Sign in to check your status

We updated the tracker on October 13, 2022. You must reset your password (opens in a new tab)  if

  • you have an existing citizenship tracker account and
  • this is your first time signing in since October 13

You can sign in only after you’ve created your account (whether you’re an applicant or a representative).

Sign in (opens in a new tab) 

Find out how to

Wait until you receive your AOR

Last updated: April 8, 2024

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 March 25, 2024.

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

  • 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: April 8, 2024

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 March 25, 2024.

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

  • 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.

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 (Canadian Armed Forces member)

Last updated: April 8, 2024

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

the week of March 25, 2024.

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

  • 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

Work permit

This includes work permit applications:

  • submitted inside or outside Canada
  • for asylum claimants
  • submitted through the Global Skills Strategy (GSS)

How to check your application status

There’s a new way to check your application status

Use the application status tracker(opens in a new tab)  to get updates about your application. To create an account you need your

If you applied to extend or change the conditions of your work permit, you can’t use the application status tracker. Use one of the methods below to check your status.

 Online applications

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

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

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

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

Check the client application status tool

You can also see

Applied on paper for a citizenship certificate from outside Canada and the United States: 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

  • 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.

Applied on paper for a citizenship certificate from within Canada or the United States: 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

  • 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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