GETTING THE IMMIGRATION OFFICERS NOTES THROUGH ATIP
Have you previously been refused a Canadian visa? Do you want to have access to what the Immigration Officer who handled your application and refused it wrote down as his reasons for the refusal, then you need to read this write up. One main reason why this is very important is that it allows you to see the reasons for the refusal in the eyes of the officer. This will help to understand why your application was refused and then know how to address his concerns especially if you decide to request for a reconsideration, reapply or file for judicial review.
The Access to information and Privacy (ATIP) Act is a Law that allows people to have access to information about them or other people that are stored with the Canadian government. A whole lot of information is with government that you can request access to, but for visa application the record that most times we are interested in is what we call Global Case Management System notes(GCMS). GCSM is the information technology management system used by IRCC to store and manage immigration related files. The ATIP can be used to make a request to get the GCMS notes which I call the “backend notes” of the visa officer. This detailed are kept on record with the government. Requesting for this notes will give you access to the real reasons why your application was refused.
To make an ATIP request, you must either be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or an individual or corporation physically present in Canada. If you are a foreign national, you will need to appoint a representative who will make the request on your behalf.
Submission of an ATIP can be done online or sent by mail. The average processing time is usually 30 days but can differ depending on so many factors that can also include the volume of work available at the time of submission.You will need to pay a fee of $5 to apply for it. Your request will be processed by CIC and it will be sent back to you either through email or CD depending on what you selected while submitting your request.
The report that is always sent is about 40 pages long. This report is the complete details of what your application went through before a final decision was reached by the immigration officer. You may need the help of an expert in the field of immigration to assist you understand some of the content. If you need the service of one, you can always contact us. Likewise, If you have had a visa refusal in the past and you want to apply for your GCMS notes, we can help you make the request.