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26 July 2014

How to Check Your FSW Program Canada Application Status?

You've read the Red Maple Leaf eBook, I assume that you have done gathering all the documents in your full application for the FSW Program in Canada.

You have packed and sent the full application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Nova Scotia, Canada as instructed.

So, What's the Next Step?
Like me, you probably used the services of couriers such as DHL, Fedex or UPS in sending your application to Canada.

You should have a tracking number by now, which you can track the documents online and even know the name of the person who received it.

If you used a courier, other than the regular mail, you can click the links below to track your documents.

Back to HomepageUPSFedEx Home

DHL Online Tracker
FEDEX Document Tracker
UPS Tracker

It will specifically indicate the time and location of your documents.  This will ensure you that it will arrive at the destination on time and have a peace of mind.

How Do I Know If My Application is Being Processed?  
You've tracked your documents and found that it was already received by a CIO personnel.  The next question that you might ask is,

"How do I know the status of my application?" 

The procedure is that once the CIO had reviewed your documents and found that you're eligible for the program, they will send you a positive eligibility response to your email and by a regular mail, and provide you the Unique Client Identifier (UCI) and Immigration Application number in the letter.

This time, they will encash the cheque or process the credit card payment of your application fee.
Take note that the application number will be useful in checking your application status in the Canadian Application Status (eCAS) at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.
The CIO will inform you that your application will be forwarded to a visa office for further processing.  The assignment of the visa office depends on where your current residence or country of origin is.  It's up to the CIO to decide.
Based on my experience, although I'm working and staying in Singapore as a Pass holder, and had chosen Singapore as the visa office in my application, they still sent my application to the Canadian visa office in Manila, Philippines.
You might have used a bank draft, a credit card or a manager's cheque in paying the processing fee.  This is the perfect medium where you can trace your application if it has been successfully processed in Canada by simply asking the bank's manager if your cheque had been encashed.

If you used credit card, log in to your account and check whether the fee was billed in your statement.  If it's  billed, you are now confident that CIO has started processing your application.

It took 3 months for me to receive the positive eligibility response from the CIO.

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srikanth rokkam said...

HI Ben,
I would like to opt for credit card payment(amex), is it better option or will there be any problem during payment?
what is exp and suggestion?


Ben Alagnam said...

Credit Card is the best option for me because I don't need money upfront. It will only be credited once the VO had reviewed my application.

If I use the check or bank draft, I need to release the money to the bank or put that amount at my account. My money is sleeping while waiting for the VO to review my application. What if I need that money for a while to use it in an emergency, just my thoughts...

Anonymous said...

Anybody know how to know the date of document entry. I mean any guess of date of application accepted.

Anonymous said...

I sent my application to CIC in July while still did not hear back from them and it is already September however they have already received my application through DHL.

Now regarding my points will they calculate the points from July or points will be extended to September especially of work experience?

Thanks and you are doing a fantastic Job!!

Best regards,


Ben Alagnam said...

I am not sure on their procedure. In my opinion, they will assess you based on your credentials when you submitted your documents only.

They will reply within 3-4 months..check my timeline.

Anonymous said...


If you dont mind, may I ask how much is the processing fee for the visa application? Thanks in advance.

Ben Alagnam said...

Hi, please check my detailed expenses here or you may visit the EXPENSES section above my website.

Unknown said...

Hey Ben,

I send Application on 4th SEpt, 2014 and still not any revert.. As well as my DD still not enchased can you pl. tell can I still check status on ECAS???

Awaiting your reply..

Arpan Pandit

Ben Alagnam said...

Hi Arpan, you can not check your status at the ECAS unless you have the application number with you. This will be provided once you have the positive response from the CIO. Please wait for that letter.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ben,
I have send my application through DHL as per there tracking it was received on 14th nov 2014, till now there is no response from CIC Nova Scotia after 12 weeks, is there any other way to check with them about my application status. waiting period is really killing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ben,
I have send my application through DHL as per there tracking it was received on 14th nov 2014, till now there is no response from CIC Nova Scotia after 12 weeks, is there any other way to check with them about my application status. waiting period is really killing.


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