GCMS Notes Sample | How to Read & Understand GCMS Notes

What Are GCMS Notes from IRCC?

Before we talk about GCMS Notes sample, do you know what GCMS Notes are? IRCC uses the Global Case Management System to manage your information and applications. GCMS Notes can be a game changer when you experience visa delays or refusals because it gives you an in-depth look into the immigration officer’s mind. Your GCMS Notes will consist of hundreds of pages of information including details such as documents received, correspondence between you and IRCC, detailed immigration officer notes reviewing your file, and more.

GCMS Notes Sample – Download For FREE

This GCMS Notes Sample has been formatted to help you understand what to expect when you receive your own GCMS Notes. We’ve included blue text in the sample to explain exactly what to expect in every field of your GCMS Notes. Download the sample GCMS Notes below.

How to Read GCMS Notes Like a Professional

Don’t let 100+ pages in your GCMS Notes scare you. Typically, only a few sections of your GCMS Notes will be useful. We’ll break down how you can read and understand your GCMS notes in simple steps.

1) Check Your Name, DOB, Application Number, and UCI – See page 1 on our GCMS Notes Sample

The absolute first thing you must do is make sure you have the right GCMS Notes. Flip to page 1 and double-check that your name, DOB, Application Number, and UCI are correct.

2) Review Your Assessment Summary – page 2 on our GCMS Notes Sample

Your assessment summary is comprised of 10 essential fields that will help you understand your GCMS Notes. This section can be helpful in showing you where your application is stuck or why your application was refused. Your assessment summary touches on critical components of Canadian immigration law that may make you inadmissible. The parts of the assessment summary are eligibility, security, HIRV (Human or International Rights Violation), criminality, organized crime, medical, misrepresentation, info-sharing, other requests, and final.

While most of the fields in the assessment summary are self-explanatory, there are 2 fields that may cause confusion: other requests and final. Other requests are usually left empty, but in some circumstances, IRCC may submit requests to other departments or visa offices regarding your application. If so, these requests will show up here. Final, on the other hand, refers to the final decision made on your application. If it is empty, it means that they are still processing your application.

GCMS Notes Sample Assessment Summary Section

3) Review Officer Notes Left on the Global Case Management System (GCMS)

GCMS Notes Officer's Notes

The officer’s notes section is usually the highlight of your GCMS Notes. This is where you can get an in-depth understanding of what your immigration officer was thinking by reading notes left on your file at different stages of your application. Officers’ notes are organized chronologically by numbers, and the most recent note begins at the top.

Do You Need Help Ordering or Interpreting Your GCMS Notes? Mygration Can Help!

If you require further assistance after reading this article, we’re always here to help. We can help you order GCMS Notes from IRCC or CBSA, we can help review your GCMS Notes through hourly consultations, and we can even help you resubmit an application or request reconsideration depending on your situation. Contact us if you have any questions!

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