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What Happens After I Submit My Application To IRCC?

If you have submitted your application to Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada (IRCC), you may be wondering what comes next. Well, there are several steps left in the process before your application is approved. It helps to understand exactly what these steps are to alleviate concerns during processing.

This is why we have made this brief detailing everything you may need to do after submitting an application to IRCC so you can be better prepared.

Getting the Submission Receipt

First and foremost, you will receive a submission receipt after submitting your application. This receipt is proof that you have provided your application and it has been received by IRCC. So it is vital to keep it safe.

It may not be possible to get another receipt after you have left the receipt screen if you have paid online, so it is always a good idea to print the screen when you pay. However, normally one of the first letters that are normally sent to you from IRCC should include the official receipt. You can download the receipt and keep it for your records.

Biometrics Submission

If it is applicable to your application type, you will be required to provide biometrics for the application. After your biometrics fees are paid, you will receive instructions on how to submit your biometrics.

You should follow the instructions very carefully, so there is no problem with the biometrics you provide. Otherwise, you may have to resubmit them or even have your application closed. Once you have submitted your biometrics at a collection center, they will be evaluated. Application processing will not begin until you have submitted valid biometrics. This is when IRCC will begin evaluating your eligibility.

Medical and Security

Some applications require you to have a medical exam taken before approval. This is to ensure that you meet the requirements set down for the application you have submitted. This also helps ensure the well-being of others during your visit or stay. Medical exams are completed by “panel physicians” who have been approved by IRCC.

You will be told how to have your medical tests taken, so follow the instructions provided to you carefully. Additionally, a security check may also be conducted at this point. You won't have to do much during the security check unless a police clearance is requested. If you received a request for an updated police clearance, you should also follow the instructions that are provided.

Decision Letter

Once the whole process of evaluating your application, biometrics, security checks, and eligibility is completed, you will receive your decision letter. The decision letter will state whether your application has been approved or denied.

You will be contacted about the decision either through your account in case of online submission or through the contact information you provided in case of submission on paper.

Passport Request

If your application is approved, your passport will be requested. You will typically have to provide your original passport to the nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC). The passport request will usually state whether you need to provide the original or a copy of your passport.

Once you have submitted your passport, you will also have to pay any additional due fees if applicable. After that, your application submission and approval process will finally be finished.

Final Thoughts

It can be really stressful waiting for your approval letter to come after you have submitted your application to IRCC. But it is important to stay relaxed and carefully go through each step of the submission process to avoid mistakes.

If you do not feel confident submitting your own application, we are here to help! No matter what type of application you are submitting to IRCC, we will support you every step of the way so you can achieve your immigration goals.

If you are seeking more information we recommend you book a consultation so that we can discuss your specific situation.

Immigration Station Canada will work with you and guide you through the best process to achieve your goals, wherever they lead!


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