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Amir1523

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I have ordered both CBSA and CSIS notes. My CBSA notes show that my eligibility and criminality were both passed on Sept 4. I was asked to submit my CV on Sept 5, and CBSA notes also say my security was initiated on Sept 5. No update since then.
Congratulations for passing eligibility & criminality. Due to my knowledge, when your eligibility is passed then you can not do anything else, you just have to wait. Otherwise, maybe providing some documents to increase the chance of being eligible would be an option.
Fortunately in your case it is confirmed that you are eligible so don't worry, I think you are standing in a safe side and will receive your PPR soon.
 

Amir1523

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I have a question:

Is the SS time people have been mentioning here the total time since security starts? Or it only refers to the CSIS portion? My security was initiated on Sept 5, but CSIS seemed to have begun its involvement on Oct 2.

I know two people whose SS was finished within 5 months in 2019, and in both cases the SS time (5 months) refers to the total security time, not the time the case was with CSIS.
Again due to my knowledge, all applications go to background check but some of them go for SS. This means for some cases security check is just some days and probably this only depends on their country of origin+citizenship+education & job. I think you should count it from 2nd of Oct, however in your case even if my answer is not correct then the time difference is just about a month.
Keep hopes up, you passed your eligibility and it's so important. You will receiver your PPR soon
 
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Again due to my knowledge, all applications go to background check but some of them go for SS. This means for some cases security check is just some days and probably this only depends on their country of origin+citizenship+education & job. I think you should count it from 2nd of Oct, however in your case even if my answer is not correct then the time difference is just about a month.
Keep hopes up, you passed your eligibility and it's so important. You will receiver your PPR soon
Thank you for your good wishes:) To be honest with you I don't really feel this is hopeful as no positive result is guaranteed at this point.

Yes I know the difference between security and security screening, but I'm not sure when people on this thread say their SS has been in progress for 8 months, does that 8 months include the time before the file is sent to CSIS? Or people only calculate the time after CSIS begins its involvement ? My view is that the initial time before CSIS is engaged in this should also count as that is also part of security. Usually the CSIS portion lasts only for 2-5 months, and much of the SS is actually done by CBSA. My initial assumption is that when people say their SS has been ongoing for a certain number of months, the number refers to the entire security time.
 
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Thank you for your good wishes:) To be honest with you I don't really feel this is hopeful as no positive result is guaranteed at this point.

Yes I know the difference between security and security screening, but I'm not sure when people on this thread say their SS has been in progress for 8 months, does that 8 months include the time before the file is sent to CSIS? Or people only calculate the time after CSIS begins its involvement ? My view is that the initial time before CSIS is engaged in this should also count as that is also part of security. Usually the CSIS portion lasts only for 2-5 months, and much of the SS is actually done by CBSA. My initial assumption is that when people say their SS has been ongoing for a certain number of months, the number refers to the entire security time.
Thank you for your information. You are right regarding considering it in total as your notes make more sense. One of our friends(@ssa268) in this thread already mentioned that the average processing time for SS is 6-8 months in recent days. With respect to his comment, you are close to the avg. processing time so cherish the hope, maybe you'll get your PPR anytime between next month or a month after.
By the way, Why aren't you hopeful? I mean have you seen anyone with negative result at this point?
 
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Thank you for your information. You are right regarding considering it in total as your notes make more sense. One of friends(@ssa268) in this thread already mentioned that the average processing time for SS is 6-8 months in recent days. With respect to his comment, you are close to the avg. processing time so cherish the hope, maybe you'll get your PPR anytime between next month or a month after.
By the way, Why you aren't hopeful? Have you seen anyone with negative result at this point?
Thanks for your reassurance!

I personally don't know anyone getting a negative result at this point, but as I said earlier, nothing is confirmed until the PPR moment:) According to my observation and my experience gained in this application process, IRCC seems to be a government body that usually doesn't show any mercy or leniency. We have seen rejections on this forum due to minor errors in people's applications. This is why I don't really feel safe before the application is actually approved.

The average time for SS is indeed quite alluring as I will reach that average point very soon, but I have also seen super long cases here, so I'm more scared than optimistic..

What is your situation now? Is everything going well?
 
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Thanks for your reassurance!

I personally don't know anyone getting a negative result at this point, but as I said earlier, nothing is confirmed until the PPR moment:) According to my observation and my experience gained in this application process, IRCC seems to be a government body that usually doesn't show any mercy or leniency. We have seen rejections on this forum due to minor errors in people's applications. This is why I don't really feel safe before the application is actually approved.

The average time for SS is indeed quite alluring as I will reach that average point very soon, but I have also seen super long cases here, so I'm more scared than optimistic..

What is your situation now? Is everything going well?
I understand your concern and admit that at the end of the day the importance is just and just PPR but nothing else. Nevertheless, please be sure that in your situation eligibility is passed so your application is in a safe side and very close to PPR.
Please keep us informed about good news(Golden email) in your application
Regarding my situation, I am under spouse sponsorship category, I did my biometrics & passed medical. Then I received "pre-arrival letter" and was hopping to get PPR soon, but I got a CV request instead. I uploaded my CV about 20 days ago and my status in GCKey has changed to "We are reviewing your uploaded document". Also, I have not received any ghost update yet.
 
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I understand your concern and admit that at the end of the day the importance is just and just PPR but nothing else. Nevertheless, please be sure that in your situation eligibility is passed so your application is in a safe side and very close to PPR.
Please keep us informed about good news(Golden email) in your application
Regarding my situation, I am under spouse sponsorship category, I did my biometrics & passed medical. Then I received "pre-arrival letter" and was hopping to get PPR soon, but I got a CV request instead. I uploaded my CV about 20 days ago and my status in GCKey has changed to "We are reviewing your uploaded document". Also, I have not received any ghost update yet.
So your application should follow a different timeline as it is another category. I have no idea if SS is done in the same way for applicants from different immigration classes. Have you tried in any way to confirm your type of security (regular/SS)? Although CV request is an indication of possible SS, it is not always the case.

I will post here if there is any update or result. Since I have lived in 2 countries for more than 6 months, I suspect they will request information from those countries, making the processing time of my SS longer than some simpler cases, though there is no confirmed evidence to substantiate this theory.
 
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So your application should follow a different timeline as it is another category. I have no idea if SS is done in the same way for applicants from different immigration classes. Have you tried in any way to confirm your type of security (regular/SS)? Although CV request is an indication of possible SS, it is not always the case.

I will post here if there is any update or result. Since I have lived in 2 countries for more than 6 months, I suspect they will request information from those countries, making the processing time of my SS longer than some simpler cases, though there is no confirmed evidence to substantiate this theory.
Thanks for your message. I have not tried yet to confirm whether it's SS or a regular request, but perhaps I will check it next week.
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It is highly believable that they would ask & wait for feedbacks from your previous countries of residency. Clearly, they have to postpone a decision until they have all the required information but thanks to modern digital communication systems, this transaction of information should not delay your processing time much longer than usual. Probably, this would also depends on these countries (For example U.S. is fast in terms of response).
 
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Thanks for your message. I have not tried yet to confirm whether it's SS or a regular request, but perhaps I will check it next week.
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It is highly believable that they would ask & wait for feedbacks from your previous countries of residency. Clearly, they have to postpone a decision until they have all the required information but thanks to modern digital communication systems, this transaction of information should not delay your processing time much longer than usual. Probably, this would also depends on these countries (For example U.S. is fast in terms of response).
Yeah. This is actually the point I worry about a little bit. I don't really know if those countries respond in a timely manner. I have read an article about immigration in which the author said immigration-related security screening is usually classified as a low priority for those agencies, because they have much more important duties to perform. This kind of uncertainty makes me feel bad as I have zero control over the process now.

As to your case, there are still chances you are not under SS. If so, you will get PPR soon!
 
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Hi @Amir1523, I got below response on my web form inquiry. Security background verification means security screening?

  • The background verifications are in process.
  • The security background verification has not been initiated.
  • The criminal background verification is in process.
 

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Hi @Amir1523, I got below response on my web form inquiry. Security background verification means security screening?

  • The background verifications are in process.
  • The security background verification has not been initiated.
  • The criminal background verification is in process.
This reply is translated to: eligibility in progress, security not started, criminality in progress.
 
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This reply is translated to: eligibility in progress, security not started, criminality in progress.
Thanks for the reply. Quick question- At this stage is it advisable to submit a web form to notify about my spouse's (Dependent) change in country of residence? (was earlier in Canada when we dropped our file)
Primary applicant (me) details haven't changed though.
 

Amir1523

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Yeah. This is actually the point I worry about a little bit. I don't really know if those countries respond in a timely manner. I have read an article about immigration in which the author said immigration-related security screening is usually classified as a low priority for those agencies, because they have much more important duties to perform. This kind of uncertainty makes me feel bad as I have zero control over the process now.

As to your case, there are still chances you are not under SS. If so, you will get PPR soon!
Thank you for your reply.
Even if it considered as a low priority duty, responding time from them should not be higher than a month.
Don't worry. Fortunately, these days, SS doesn't take as much as it used to. Just wait & hopefully, you will inform us about your PPR very soon.
 
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Amir1523

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Thanks for the reply. Quick question- At this stage is it advisable to submit a web form to notify about my spouse's (Dependent) change in country of residence? (was earlier in Canada when we dropped our file)
Primary applicant (me) details haven't changed though.
You can do it if you like. But just as a reminder, although both of you will be checked for security(Not all cases go for SS) but it is not the case that your spouse become PR without you because the one who is a principal applicant is you.
Good luck with your application.
 
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Dear All
Can anyone whose security security has been completed that how much time does they take nowadays? I am January 2019 applicant and my security screening started on 27 July 2019