CAIPS (or “Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System”) is where all Canadian government notes are kept about your immigration application as soon as you file it. CAIPS includes a wealth of information, including:

– Initial assessment scores
– Missing documentation
– Interview dates
– Visa officer notes and comments
– Concerns or problems with your file

If you have not heard from Citizenship and Immigration Canada in some time and wish to know the status of your file, or if you’ve been scheduled for an interview, you may wish to obtain your CAIPS notes which will provide insight into the nature of any concerns or problems CIC may have with your application.

However, only someone present in Canada can obtain these for you. In addition, some of the CAIPS codes are hard to decipher. There are a variety of CAIPS services available (I’ve included my own website as one reference).

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile