For requesting GCMS Notes, Entire File, CBSA Notes & CSIS Notes
It is recommended to provide consent for any individual whose information could be contained in the requested records: your spouse, sponsor(s), co-signor, any family member including children 16 years of age or older.
To allow the release of minor children's information, provide both biological parents consent. Should a child be under the custody of a single parent or a third party, a valid copy of the custody agreement is required.
By providing a well-documented application and all consents you will have access to more information in response to your request.
Use for GCMS Notes, Entire File and other requests from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Use for GCMS Notes, CBSA Notes, Entire File and other requests from Canada Border Services Agency
Use for CSIS Notes from Canadian Security Intelligence Service
It's information related to your immigration application obtained from the government agency.
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In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada and provincial, territorial, and municipal governments have implemented exceptional measures to curb the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of Canadians. As a result of the measures taken, many federal institutions are operating with reduced on-site workforces.
Despite these extraordinary circumstances the pandemic presents, there are no provisions in the Access to Information Act or Privacy Act that would apply to put on hold ATIP requests, the statutory deadlines under which ATIP operates or suspend the right to access. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that the right to access is a quasi-constitutional right and current circumstances cannot be relied on to circumvent this right, the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada and the Office of the Information Commissioner advised all departments to make reasonable efforts to respond to ATIP requests with an understanding that delays are inevitable.
For all government agencies the priority remains respecting messages from public health officials in ensuring the health and safety of the employees and the community. Note that no government employee is required to physically go into their office in order to search and retrieve records in response to an ATIP request during the current public health emergency. As per the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada and the Office of the Information Commissioner, government agencies have a responsibility to make realistic efforts to process and respond to requests received under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act. Programs are expected to search all their electronic information holdings when tasked with a request and make realistic efforts to continue treating formal requests. ATIP will continue to be flexible and work with programs that require extensions beyond the normal timelines.