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How can I check the status of my application?

It depends on the type of application.

If you haven’t heard from us since you applied, see When can I check my application status?

If you applied online (except eTA)

You can check your status in your account by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. Under “View my submitted applications or profiles” click on “Check status and messages”.
If you applied for an eTA

If you applied for an eTA, you can check your status online.

If you can’t use the eTA check status tool

In some cases, like if you lost your approval email, you won’t be able to use the eTA status tool. Instead, use the Web form and follow these steps:

  • Under “Type of application”, select “Electronic Travel Authorization”.
  • Then select “Case Specific Enquiries”.
  • Provide as many details as possible.

It can take us several days to get back to you.

If you applied on paper

There are 2 ways you can check the status of your paper application online.

Your status will only show once we start processing your application. There will be a delay between the date we receive your application and the date we open it. See How can I check if my application has been received?

1. Use our online tool

You can use the online tool, which is updated daily.

2. Create an online account and link your paper application

There are 2 steps to this process:

By doing this, you’ll get:

  • your detailed application status in real time
  • messages about your application online instead of by mail

If you still can’t check your status, contact us through our Web Form


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