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HOW TO LINK AN APPLICATION TO CIC ACCOUNT - STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTION

bisal kiran

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Apr 7, 2021
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I've seen many times on this forum that one of the biggest issues for applicants is linking an application to an online account. I've decided to create this post, trying to answer as many questions as I could think of.

How to link an application
  1. Go to this page https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/account.html
  2. If you already have an account, just log into it and go to step 3. If you don't have an account, choose either "Continue to Sign-In Partner" or "Continue to GCKey". Attention! To find out the difference between these two, please see "Questions and Answers" section below in this post.
    If you've chosen "Sign-In Partner", create an account with one of them. If you've chosen "GCKey", on the next page click "Sign Up" and create an account. The process of creating an account is similar to signing up on any other regular website, so it shouldn't be complicated.
  3. After logging in or signing up on the previous step, you will see your account page. Click "Add (link) your application to your account".
  4. In the Category select Permanent Residence (here and below I will imply you've applied to sponsor your family member and will suggest options based on that. If your case is different, choose whatever option applies to you).
  5. In the Sub-category select the class of your application. For example "Family Class (Common-law partner)" or "Family Class (Spouses)".
  6. In "Application details: Please select one" select one of the four options. If you know an application number (if you've received AOR previously and it contains application number), you can select "Application Number and Family Name" option. If you don't know either application number or UCI, then select "Family Name, Given Name and Date of Birth".
  7. Enter the required information.
    Attention! You need to use Primary Applicant's information, i.e. PA's name, PA's date of birth, PA's UCI, etc.
    Attention! Enter the information exactly as you did in your application form IMM0008.
    Attention! A sponsor and a Primary Applicant have different UCI numbers. If you have received AOR1, it has sponsor's UCI. Do not use it! For more details about UCI number please see "Questions and Answers" section below in this post.
  8. In the "Applicant's personal information" section select either "Passport" or "Place of Birth".
  9. Enter the required information exactly as you did in your application form IMM0008.
  10. In the "Other Application Information" select the province and the city you are going to live in as you did in the form IMM0008.
  11. In the "Current marital status" select the status that applies to you. If you are a common-law, you will most probably need to select "Single" (as reported by members on this forum).
  12. In the "Number of family members, including the primary applicant, that are part of this application" enter 2 if you are sponsoring a partner with no dependents, and enter 2+number_of_dependents if you are also sponsoring any dependents (your or your partner's kids).
    Attention! Even though in the form IMM0008 you entered 1 as a number of family members including in the application (or 1 + number_of_dependents), you need to enter 2 when linking an application. I believe this is the most major issue people struggle with. Please make sure you entered 2 (and +1 per dependent if you have any).

Questions and Answers
  • What is GCKey and what is Sign-In partner? Is there any difference in these two types of accounts?
    These are just two different ways to sign in to your account. GCKey stand for Government Canada Key, and this is simply a username and a password. This is the most common way of creating an account. Sign-In Partner is one of the major banks in Canada. If you have online banking with any of them, you can use your credentials to create this account. It's a bit easier than GCKey because you won't need to create a username, password and recovery questions.
    But whether you've created an account with GCKey or Sign-In Partner, it will be the same account. There is no difference in the functionality and no difference in the process of linking an application.
  • I am a Primary Applicant. I previously applied for visitor visa in Canada and I have my UCI number since that time. Can I use it to link my application?
    Yes, you can. UCI number has been created once and for all. It won't change whether you are applying for a visa, a permanent residence or a citizenship.
  • Can I link an application to sponsor's account or should I only link it to Primary Applicant's account?
    You can link it to any account, whether it's PA's or sponsor's. There is no difference. Just remember, after you've linked an application, you will receive all the communication with CIC through this account. And if you've linked an application to sponsor's account, all notifications will come to sponsor's email.
    Please also remember that you can just share credentials (a username and a password) with your partner and you both can check the same account.
  • Can I link an application to both sponsor's and PA's account at the same time?
    No, you can't. It can only be linked to one account at a time. But if you've linked an application to one account and now you want to link it to another one, you still can do that. Just remember that once you link it to a new account, in the old account you will see a message that an application has been now linked to another account and you won't have access to it in the old account. In other words, after linking an application to a new account, an old account will lose a connection with it.
  • My application was received by CIC two days ago. Why can't I link my application?
    You will only be able to link an application after CIC actually started working on it, i.e. when the information is entered in their system. It can take days, weeks or months. Please check the respective threads on this forum to find out the current average time of linking an application to an account after submitting it.
  • I have an old CIC account from my previous PR application (eg. I used it for Express Entry). Can I link my spousal sponsorship application to it or do I need to create a new account?
    You can use an old account. You don't need to create a new account with every new application.
  • Can I link an application if I am unpaid representative of my spouse?
    Even though the guide says "no", members of this forum report the opposite. I don't know every case of every person, but a general answer would be "Yes, you can".
  • Can I link an application if I hired a lawyer to represent me?
    No, you can't. If you have a paid representative, only they can link an application to their account.
  • I can't link an application. Will I miss all important notifications from CIC?
    No. This is important: please, don't worry if you can't link an application to an account for a long time because technically you don't even need it. Until you link an application to an account, all the communication with CIC will go to your (PA's or sponsor's) email. You will not miss anything. Biometric requests, medical requests, passport requests - everything will come to your email if you don't have an account or just unable to link an application.
  • My application has been received by CIC long ago, I have received AOR, and I still can't link an application even though I know I'm entering all the info correctly. I've made dozens of attempts and I'm still unsuccessful. What should I do?
    If you are sure you're doing everything right and still no success, you can contact CIC. On the page where you see "Can't find an application" message there is a button "Report a problem". You can report your case, provide them all the required information and they will probably reply to you and tell you what you should do.
General guidance: don't kill yourself if you can't link an application for 2-3 days and you've made 10-15 attempts. Try different combinations. If you were unsuccessful with passport info, try date of birth, and the opposite. Don't waste your attempts using the same combination every day. Try to combine as much as you can. One of the combinations will work for you.
hello,
can you please help me, when i try to link my express entry profile, there is no application found.
i have tried sooo many times.
 

ButterflyChemist

Hero Member
Jun 24, 2014
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hello,
can you please help me, when i try to link my express entry profile, there is no application found.
i have tried sooo many times.
Your profile? I'm not sure you can link a profile. This thread is for linking applications submitted on paper so that you can track and electronically.
 

Martusik

Member
Feb 28, 2021
10
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Hi,

I sent my spouse sponsorship and work permit application on March 23th, 2021, and they received it on the 25th. I haven't heard anything from them, is it normal? how long it usually takes to hear something from them?
 

iron&wine

Member
Apr 30, 2021
10
1
Hi,

I sent my spouse sponsorship and work permit application on March 23th, 2021, and they received it on the 25th. I haven't heard anything from them, is it normal? how long it usually takes to hear something from them?
Same question! We submitted first week of April and it was quickly received (verified by tracking). We haven't heard anything yet and I have not been able to link his application to our online account (no application found, even following the instructions in this thread).

Is this normal?

Thanks in advance!
 

pc8922

Hero Member
Jun 6, 2017
307
307
Same question! We submitted first week of April and it was quickly received (verified by tracking). We haven't heard anything yet and I have not been able to link his application to our online account (no application found, even following the instructions in this thread).

Is this normal?

Thanks in advance!
I sent my application on Sep 17th, 2020 and the first time I heard back aka. AOR1 was Feb 19th, 2021. We still have AORs pending for June-October 2020 applicants, you guys are lucky they are processing yours faster. However, as you can see, its a pretty long ride from here onwards. Might want to take it easy for a few weeks/months. @Martusik
 
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jonesy

Member
Aug 24, 2020
18
5
Hi everyone, I have a quick question for linking applications.
I have tried what feels like every permutation of information to try and link the account and I am feeling a little stuck.

Does the application number require the alphabetic character, example 'F' in front?
I.e. should I include F000000000, or just the numeric characters?

In addition to the above question, for the UCI, should that get put in a specific format, such as: 11-1111-1111,
or is it adequate to just put down all 10 numbers, to get something like this 1111111111?

As always your help is always appreciated and wishing you all the best for your applications!
 

letstry21

Hero Member
Sep 13, 2013
269
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Category........
Visa Office......
CPP Ottawa
NOC Code......
0213
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
28-Oct-2013
Doc's Request.
RCMP request 10-May-2014
AOR Received.
08-Dec-2013
IELTS Request
Submitted with Application
Med's Request
Got Medical Instructions on 08-Jul after mail to CPP
Med's Done....
10-Jul-2014 (Uploaded 15-Jul-2014)
Passport Req..
25-Jul-2014
VISA ISSUED...
23-Sep-2014(Initially passport was returned back due to Damaged passport so got reissued and send again)
LANDED..........
28-Sep-2014

nsy1980

Star Member
Aug 20, 2020
81
25
principal applicant timeline on gckey shows 91% but overseas spouse has not even done medical.what does this mean?both applications processing at the same time.principal application shows estimated time 10 weeks from now..is this still enough time for medical?
 

CanDok

Star Member
Jun 7, 2018
68
13
New Delhi
Category........
FSW
NOC Code......
0311
App. Filed.......
28-08-2018
Nomination.....
05-09-2018
AOR Received.
01-11-2018
Med's Done....
09-10-2018
I have successfully linked my spouse's new application, but when I try to link our daughter's application (under express entry), they are asking for her language test details which she was and is exempt from. How to link this application?
 

CanDok

Star Member
Jun 7, 2018
68
13
New Delhi
Category........
FSW
NOC Code......
0311
App. Filed.......
28-08-2018
Nomination.....
05-09-2018
AOR Received.
01-11-2018
Med's Done....
09-10-2018
Hi everyone, I have a quick question for linking applications.
I have tried what feels like every permutation of information to try and link the account and I am feeling a little stuck.

Does the application number require the alphabetic character, example 'F' in front?
I.e. should I include F000000000, or just the numeric characters?

In addition to the above question, for the UCI, should that get put in a specific format, such as: 11-1111-1111,
or is it adequate to just put down all 10 numbers, to get something like this 1111111111?

As always your help is always appreciated and wishing you all the best for your applications!
The full alphanumeric code needs to be inputted.
The UCI needs to be put without spaces or hashtags. I hope this helps. All the best.
 

CanDok

Star Member
Jun 7, 2018
68
13
New Delhi
Category........
FSW
NOC Code......
0311
App. Filed.......
28-08-2018
Nomination.....
05-09-2018
AOR Received.
01-11-2018
Med's Done....
09-10-2018
principal applicant timeline on gckey shows 91% but overseas spouse has not even done medical.what does this mean?both applications processing at the same time.principal application shows estimated time 10 weeks from now..is this still enough time for medical?
Sorry to break this news to you, but please don't follow the projected timeline to heart. Even pre-pandemic, this timeline was a sham and given the state of lockdowns and delays, this will be redundant in today's scenario. Yours is a single application, it would move together. Case in point, I got my CoPR before March 18, 2021, a full 6-months after my projected timeline was over!
 
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vvjila

Newbie
May 21, 2021
3
2
Category........
FAM
Med's Done....
01-04-2021
Hi everyone, I have a quick question for linking applications.
I have tried what feels like every permutation of information to try and link the account and I am feeling a little stuck.

Does the application number require the alphabetic character, example 'F' in front?
I.e. should I include F000000000, or just the numeric characters?

In addition to the above question, for the UCI, should that get put in a specific format, such as: 11-1111-1111,
or is it adequate to just put down all 10 numbers, to get something like this 1111111111?

As always your help is always appreciated and wishing you all the best for your applications!
Put '2' as the number of members in the application for sponsor + spouse (add +1 per dependents)
 
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Scarpetta

Star Member
Apr 28, 2021
111
42
Category........
FAM
Guys, a question: we received our AOR 3 days ago (on Saturday), last night we got SA + a request for an additional document. Also, the request for an additional document came to my email with a UCI that is different from the Sponsor, so now we appear to have both of our UCIs in addition to the Application number.
We are going through different options (I started writing down the combinations that we already tested), tried 25 times over these last 3 days, but currently to no avail. Is it possible that our information is somehow just not yet in the system, and this is why we can't seem to be able to link the application?