CAIPS NOTES are used to know status of ur federal PR application. Unfortunately, this facility is not availablat CSQ STAGE.
Generally, these are very helpful iof unusual delay or discrepency during the processing of ur federal PR application.
Get the general info from here: http://www.lawpoint.ca/index.php/Online-CAIPS/GCMS-request.html
Also read the details from websiteko below:
How to Order CAIPS Notes?
Note:It is still CAIPS... not yet merged with GCMS. Our CAIPS can be ordered thru either of the
following three  methods:
1. By our Consultant [if u have one] --usually a Free service provided by the good ones, or charge $5
2. Thru a Friend/Relative [who's in Canada] --s/he
can obtain it under your authorization. Fees $5
3. From Websites [offering CAIPS Service] --
discussed below. Costs $30-40.
How to fetch the CAIPS thru friend/relative [in
Under the Privacy Act, one of our friends/relatives,
who reside in Canada, can order the CAIPS under
our authorization. There is a CIC fee of only $5 to be incurred for that purpose. Here's what we should do:
1. Download the form here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/
2. Fill the specified colums/fields, viz:
- a) Visa post [ND, Buffalo, London etc.]
- b) Your File number [Bxxxxxxx]
- c) Date of Birth [applicant's, not the rep's]
- d) The requester's Postal address [Canadian
3. Tick the box "for CAIPS Notes request" on the
4. Enclose copies of the rep's [not yours] PR Card/
visa/COPR etc. [Canadian ID].
5. Attach the Consent Form [signed by each
applicant for "use of a representative"].
6. Enclose a Money Order/Draft for $5.
7. Send (Mail or Courier 'only') all the documents to:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
(Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator)
Narono Building 360 Laurier Avenue West, 10th
Floor Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1
Tel.: (613) 957-6512
8. Your CAIPS Notes should return by 4-6 weeks
Obtaining our CAIPS thru the websites:
There r many websites who offer such services,
usually charging anything between $30-40.
However, in that 'basic' price they'd only send u the retrieved CAIPS Notes; and would charge u
furthermore for explaining them. Nonetheless, it's
not a bad idea to yet take their services. Most applicants use either of the following websites for
obtaining their CAIPS:
When will my CAIPS arrive?
As our request application reaches CIC, they'd take a week+ to retrieve it. Despatching takes another week+. While the postal duration could again be one more week. Oh yes, it is send by CIC thru regular postal mail. Thus, overall we r looking at 4-6 weeks to receive our CAIPS notes.
When I'm reading my CAIPS, is it "current"
No. As there's a gap between the CAIPS printing [by CIC] & receiving [by us], we would be getting the picture around 3-4 weeks back dated. Things
might change in between... some BF'Ds gone by, some additional Codes logged. When should I obtain my CAIPS?
It's only required when things have gone
overboard... when there's much delay in case
progress.... or when we have received an intervie
letter. Our CAIPS could elicit some info on the
perception of our VO/s towards our case... why an interview was required... What stage we r currently in... points calc... when would be the next review date.... next BF'D etc. Thus, we could fetch our CAIPS "after" 8-12 months of case processing.
When should I obtain "another" set of my CAIPS?
It's unwise to frequently apply for our CAIPS notes.
Anything between 6-8 months is Ok... 'coz before
that nothing much would have been logged on it
How do I "read" my CAIPS?
Most of the info on our CAIPS r 'coded'. Member
FinPro graciously have deliberated on these codes during his 6th Oct 2006 post in this very forum. Pls read it here: http://www.canadavisa.com/canada-
As we 'land' our case logging continues by CIC/
CBSA - but thereon it's recorded in "FOSS".
Hope that helped!I have taken this is info from one of the old posts I found on the forum.-mkshah