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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
  • If you applied under the spouse, partner or dependent children sponsorship category

    The sponsor, the person being sponsored (principal applicant), or a representative or designated person can

    1. create a tracker account
    2. sign in
  • 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
  • If you applied under the spouse, partner or dependent children category

    The sponsor, the person being sponsored (principal applicant), or a representative or designated person can

    1. create a tracker account
    2. sign in
  • If you applied under any other category

    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. It can take some time 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 applied to become a Canadian citizen (grant of citizenship)

Find out how to check the status of your citizenship application.

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


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