Are you eagerly awaiting news on your immigration application to Canada? Whether you’ve applied for Express Entry, a study permit, work permit, or sponsorship, staying updated on your application status is crucial. Luckily, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced a powerful tool to help applicants track their progress – the Application Status Tracker (AST). Here is everything you need to know about using the AST to navigate your application journey seamlessly.

Understanding the Application Status Tracker (AST)

The AST is more than just a tracking tool; it’s your window into the exciting world of your application process. Once you’ve submitted your application and received confirmation from IRCC, you can access the AST to monitor the progress. From the overall application status to detailed updates on specific aspects of your application, the AST provides comprehensive insights to keep you informed every step of the way.

Getting Started: What You Need to Know

Before getting into details about AST, it’s essential to ensure that certain milestones have been met in your application journey. These include the submission of your application, its receipt and placement in the processing queue by IRCC, passing a completeness check, and the commencement of processing. Once you’ve received your acknowledgment of receipt (AOR) letter or email containing your application number, you’re ready to begin tracking your application status using the AST.

Navigating the AST: What to Expect

Overall Application Status
Upon accessing the AST, one of the first things you’ll encounter is the overall application status. This status provides a broad overview of where your application stands in the process. Whether it’s marked as “received,” “in progress,” or “closed,” understanding this status gives you valuable insights into the current stage of your application.

Application Details
You’ll find a wealth of information under the application details section. Here, you can access specific updates related to different components of your application, including eligibility checks, medical exams, background verifications, and biometrics. These updates offer a comprehensive view of the progress made on each aspect of your application, ensuring transparency and clarity throughout the process.

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