What Happens to My Visa Application After I File It?

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, this is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of We we’re asked this question. What happens to my application once I file it with the government? The context of the question is we’re handling your case. You hire a lawyer. You hire a law firm to do your paper work, your visa. You’re involved with the lawyer who is helping you and their team, but once the application is filed, it’s in the government’s hands.

What Happens to Your Application After Its Filed?

So what happens? Do I have control? What’s the next step? That’s a good question. And often causes a lot of anxiety with people because they know that when it’s in the hands of the government, when your application’s in the hands of the government, there is a loss of control. It’s not as if you can call the immigration department and say, “Hey, what’s going on with my file.”

You can certainly do that with your lawyer. Hopefully your lawyer’s responsive to you when you call them or email them, but it’s not so easy when it comes to dealing with the government. So the answer is this. There is a prescribed process. There’s a process involved depending upon the nature of the visa. And if it goes to an immigration service center or an application center, they do post processing times and procedures. Obviously, it depends on the visa itself.

Visa Processing Times

Now, as we all know, we’re dealing with the government so often the processing times are not adhered to. There are delays. There are back logs. Sometimes there’s even a change in the law midway, and that could potentially impact your application. But if you are working with a law firm that is proactive, and when there is a change or is a problem that law firm will be on it and will aggressively contact the government and, obviously, inform you of every step of the way, that should reduce the anxiety and uncertainty that you’ll face after the application is submitted.

Notice of Receipt

But generally speaking, once the application is submitted, we do get a notice from the government, a notice of receipt that they’ve received the application. That’s something that they send us in writing so we have a document from them with a file number with your name on it. Often the letter will tell us what the next steps are, and then if there is an interview that’s required, we’ll get an interview notice. So each step of the way the government is supposed to notify us that the file is being processed.

Now, of course, there are some times hiccups and problems along the way, and that is the job of a law firm or the lawyer to be on that, to make sure that things go as smoothly as possible, and to inform you of every step of the way. So it’s my opinion that once the application is filed, the lawyer, the law firm does not wash his or her hands of it. You are on it. We are on it until the very end until you get your visa hopefully, and you’re on your way.

So it’s a long process in some cases in terms of applying for a visa. And it’s a good idea to have a partner, a good law firm that will partner up with you to make the process as less stressful and as painless as possible. So hopefully this has given you some comfort. If you like the video, go to and of course click like. Thanks very much.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

2 thoughts on “What Happens to My Visa Application After I File It?

  1. naeem shahzad

    My name is naeem shahzad, I am from Pakistan. I have applied away back in Sept,2007, almost 100 months ago, but I haven’t get visa yet. when i send email for enquiry to embassy they respond as “your application is within processing time, or you haven’t provide information required to verify your identity”. These are the comments that I received from Canadian visa enquiry office. My friend applied this year in January and he has got his visa for Canada.
    Kindly if you can do any thing to my case to assess me in getting visa, then i will give to you your fees, but after visa processing and you can trust on me. Following are details regarding my application.

    File No : B051460592(FRI)
    Name : Naeem Shahzad
    Date of Birth : 07-09-1981
    Address : HNo. /B642 Future Colony Quaidabad Karachi
    Cell : 0300-2254236
    Bank name : Standard Chartered Bank

    Naeem Shahzad

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Naeem. I am really glad that you contacted us.

      Processing times for Visa can be long for many reasons. I Understand how frustrating it can be.

      Please complete this form for me it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get your visa completed.



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