Does not mean much at all. In particular it is not information an applicant can use to make decisions or to forecast what will happen next let alone indicate when that will happen.[What] does it mean, "Background Verification Completed"? Does it mean, criminality is completed? Does it mean, security screening is completed? Or does it mean both criminality AND security are completed?
It typically refers to the two formal clearances being noted as complete in the applicant's file. That is, the RCMP criminality clearance and the CSIS security clearance. To some extent it might be considered something of a clue that there is not any non-routine background screening taking place. But the vast, vast majority of applicants can be confident of that without knowing what is in their file in regards to either criminality screening or CSIS security screening. As I posted (slightly edited) in another thread just yesterday:
While we do not know the actual numbers, for many and probably MOST applicants who apprehend that progress in processing their citizenship application is waiting on a background check, processing the application is NOT really waiting for (dependent on) a background check. Even when the client support centre agents tell applicants the next step in processing the application is waiting for a background check or clearance, that may be technically correct but is misleading, since usually the next step is actually waiting for the responsible IRCC processing agent to take the file from the queue and act on it. (At which time receipt of the clearances from RCMP (criminality) and CSIS (security) will be noted and checked off as complete -- for the vast majority of applicants these clearances are routine, done by referral and processed in parallel with the processing of the citizenship application itself; they do not, not ordinarily, result in delaying application processing.)
It appears that @Isaga may be confusing or conflating other background screening with the formal RCMP and CSIS clearances.
The formal clearances are done, respectively by RCMP and CSIS. These are required. These are routine. Only a small percentage of applicants encounter any delay in either of these being completed. Almost all those among the exceptions are aware of it and have a good idea why, no need to see what is in the version of GCMS records clients get to see and, indeed, the GCMS records shared with the client are not likely to reveal much if anything about this.Background verification is for BOTH. in many cases security takes long time to clear, because it's done by CSIS, CBSA etc.
However, background checks comprise a LOT, LOT more than the formal clearances from the RCMP (as to criminality) and CSIS (as to security). Non-routine background screening, for example, is often done by the CBSA's NSSD (CBSA's "National Security Screening Division"), by referral, which can include not only criminality and security related checks, but also investigations into the physical presence claims made by the applicant, among other matters such as misrepresentation, screening applicants who are PR-refugees for potential reavailment, or other issues potentially affecting the applicant's PR status itself.
Overall: REMEMBER that in addition to the substance of any investigation, the manner and method of investigating applicants is among the most carefully kept confidential or secret information. Any real information about background screening is redacted from versions of records disclosed to clients.Can anybody who knows the subject matter give me a clear answer?
Which is to say there is a lot of behind-the-curtains stuff, so no, no one can really give you a clear answer as to the status of your background checks . . . regardless what your copy of GCMS records shows, or what a call centre agent says.
Also Note: There is a GCMS background check (the third formal clearance required) done EACH and EVERY time any action is taken on a citizenship application. This includes at least screening of criminal name-records, which for sure includes U.S. NCIC (FBI) name-record databases as well as RCMP. This is typically done even AFTER there is a decision made, done attendant scheduling the now "candidate" (once there is a decision made approving the grant of citizenship the "applicant" becomes a "candidate") for the oath.
The latter is especially worth noting because it illustrates that even when the applicant's file shows "Background Verification Completed" or something similar, that is NO guarantee the applicant is fully cleared for a grant of citizenship. It is, in practical terms, a contingent status, subject to change or reconsideration. This is a significant part of why that does NOT mean much to the applicant.
Well, except, again it is a clue that non-routine background screening is not likely happening. Which would be good news except that it should not be news at all. Most applicants know their own background and what they have reported in the application (and in previous transactions with CBSA and IRCC) well enough to be confident there are no *issues* with their application, enough to be confident there is little or no likelihood of non-routine background screening.
Indeed, in contrast, if the applicant has reason to worry (based on what the applicant knows, recognizing that applicants know far more about their background et al than anyone else in the world, including any IRCC, CBSA, RCMP, or CSIS officials) the application could get bogged down in non-routine background screening, unless the applicant is aware the application has already gone through more extensive, non-routine background scrutiny, then the file showing "Background Verification Completed" or something similar is actually rather little assurance there is not going to be some additional background screening ahead.