GCMS notes which represent the full snapshot of a visa or immigration profile (including Express Entry) of an applicant is probably the best way to be informed about the case progress. However, reading these notes could not always be an easy task due to the number of abbreviations and codes used in them.
How to read information in GCMS file?
When you receive a pdf file with your notes, start reading it from the last page. Usually, the most recent comments from immigration officers are located at the end of GCMS/CAIPS document. This way, you could see the latest update on your file first. After you have read the comment, you could progress in reverse order by reading notes further from bottom to the top.
For example, if you are invited for an interview with an immigration officer, you could see it in the latest comment. Scrolling up you may notice a reason which preceded the decision of inviting you to talk to an officer.
If, for instance, your visa application has been refused, you could always find reasons for refusal at the very bottom of the document. Studying these reasons would help you preparing for an appeal or case re-submission.
What about abbreviations?
GCMS notes are full of acronyms, specific terminology and abbreviations. Not all of them are obvious. For instance, it is usually clear that PA stands for principal applicant, but not everyone knows that COR means country of residence.
At GCMSnow we always try assisting you by posting updates on how to read abbreviations. We also understand that sometimes reading the file could be extremely confusing. That is why we could help you to interpret your notes. Simply ask us and our team will be glad helping.
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