Immigration Online Profile Canada

IRCC Online ProfileEkrem is a Turkish citizen. She recently applied for permanent residency of Canada under the Federal Self-employed Program. Ekrem later received an email from the immigration authorities and linked her application to an online account. She recently visited her online profile, but she is not quite sure if she understands the information on the account.

The government of Canada is trying to modernize the immigration system. Of course, as part of this move, they need to go online. Consequently, you may apply for many immigration and visa options online. If the online application is not available, you may submit your request in paper and then link it to an online profile later on. However, the content of an online profile could be confusing to some people. This article explains the different elements of online Canadian immigration or visa profiles.

Applicant Information

You may find this section on the upper-right side of the profile.

Applicant Info on Immigration Profile

  • Principal Applicant – Every application has a principal applicant. Therefore, you see the full name of the principal applicant here. If there are other people in the application, a hyperlink appears on the bottom of this section with their names and UCIs.
  • Unique Client Identifier (UCI) – When you interact with IRCC they assign a unique number to you. This number consists of either ten digits such as 01-2345-6789 or eight figures such as 1234-5678. The UCI belongs to a person. So if you have multiple applications IRCC can link you to all of them quickly.
  • Application Number – This number usually begins with one or more letters followed by nine digits. For example,
  • Date Received – Shows the time IRCC received the application. Needless to say, the receipt date is essential for specific situations (e.g. locking the age of the children), or particular applications (e.g. for the qualifying period for self-employed applicants).
  • Biometrics – Almost everyone needs to give biometrics for immigration, work permit, study permit, or TRP to Canada. Nevertheless, the US citizens are exempt from biometrics for visiting, working, or studying in Canada.

Review your personal information. If you notice any mistakes contact IRCC and ask them to resolve the issue.

Application Status

A brief explanation about the status of the application appears in this section.

Application Status on Immigration Profile

This section is self-explanatory. However, keep in mind the content could be vague. Make sure to view the rest of the online profile for clarification.

Estimated Processing Time

The newest addition to online profiles is a progress bar that shows the estimated processing time of the application.

Progress Bar on Immigration Profile

Some online profiles do not show this bar. The estimated time is not necessarily accurate. Take the information with a grain salt. Regardless, use the opportunity to prepare any additional documents you need to avoid further delays or reduce the chances of the refusal.

Details about Your Application Status

This section is probably the most useful section of the online profile.

Details of the application on immigration profile

  • Review of eligibility shows if you qualify for the selected visa or immigration option. Of course, you still need to pass medical and background tests.
  • Review of medical results indicates if you are inadmissible due to medical issues. The officers expect you to go through medical examination for all immigration options. Nonetheless, they may waive medical examination for the temporary visa or permit applications.
  • Review of additional documents applies to situations where the officer asks for more documents from you.
  • The Interview line reflects the outcome of your interview with the officer. Luckily, officers rarely interview applicants these days.
  • The Biometrics line shows whether you need to give biometrics or not. Sometimes, they do not mention it initially, but they issue a biometrics letter later on.
  • Background check refers to the steps IRCC takes to make sure you are not inadmissible to Canada. Sometimes IRCC refuses applicants not because of the eligibility but due to inadmissibility.
  • The final decision shows if you meet all the requirements.

If you click the question mark next to each line, you will see more information about it.

Messages about Your Application

Take this section seriously as it posts crucial messages about your application. The messages appear in PDF format.

Messages on immigration profile

Some typical messages include any of the following request letters,

  • Biometrics
  • Medical examination
  • Additional documents
  • Passports

You will also see the refusal or approval letters in this section. When IRCC uploads a message to this section, you will receive an email from them. Nonetheless, check out your profile from time to time. Some emails could end up in your spam folder and you ignore them.

Authorized Representatives and the Online Profile

Most immigration lawyers and consultants use an exclusive IRCC portal to create and manage immigration and visa applications. Since they use a centralized system, they are not able to share the online profile with you directly. However, you may ask your representative to share a PDF printout of the profile with you. Alternatively, you may check out the status of your application via the eCAS system.

If you wish to visit or move to Canada or if you have encountered any issues with the immigration authorities, you may fill out our free assessment form or book a consultation session to assess your potential opportunities or offer you immigration, visa, or citizenship advice.

Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting
Author – 88 Tips on Immigration to Canada


This article provides information of a general nature only. It may no longer be current. It does not give legal advice nor should you rely on it as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, you should consult a lawyer. If you are looking for immigration advice, book an appointment. All the characters in the articles are fictional, unless otherwise clearly stated. Any resemblance in names, dates, and places (whether individuals, organizations, regions, or countries) is coincidental.

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Al Parsai

Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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