How to find your file number
When requesting your GCMS file you will need your file number. It is especially important to provide correct file number if you submitted more than one application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada before, and you wish to receive one particular file.
Every application submitted to CIC receives its unique file number. Usually the file number is one or two letters (denoting the application type) and eight or nine digits. Your file number should look like:
Temporary visas and permits:
- V123456789 – temporary resident (guest) visa application
- S556778112 – application for a study permit
- W855966411 – application for a work permit
Applications for permanent residence in Canada:
- E883467654 – submitted under the Federal Skilled Worker program
- B658123987 – submitted under the Federal Skilled Worker program (older applications)
- F234567890 – submitted under family class (sponsorship)
- EP00095776 – submitted under Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Some applications may have two file numbers, for example E883467654 and B658123987. Please choose the one that begins with “E” where possible.
Where to find a file number
Your file number is always present on the first page of the first document you receive from CIC in response to your application. It may be an acknowledgement of receipt letter if you applied under the Federal Skilled Worker program, approval or refusal letter if you applied for a temporary visa.
I don’t have a file number!
If you don’t have a file number, please read this short article.