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How can I check if my application has been received?

If we start processing your application, we’ll send you an acknowledgement of receipt letter or email with an application number.

We don’t send an acknowledgement of receipt until we have opened your application and checked that it’s complete. There may be a delay between the date we receive your application and the date we open it.

Your application will be returned to you if

  • it’s incomplete
  • fees are missing or
  • it’s received after a program is paused, closed or a cap is reached

Tips to track your application

If you mail your application

Use a courier service that requires a signature when delivered. This gives you a delivery confirmation and allows you to track your package.

For some paper applications, you can get detailed application status and your messages online. You can do this by linking an application to an online account.

If you apply at a visa application centre (VAC)

VACs offer tracking services that tell you when your application has been received at our offices.

If you apply online

You’ll see a confirmation page after you submit your application. You’ll also receive an email:

  • telling you to check your account for a confirmation message and number, or
  • confirming you submitted your application

Keep your confirmation information for your records. It can take a few hours for you to receive an email from IRCC after you submit your application.

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