ATIP (Access to Information and Privacy Online Request )

Access to Information and Privacy Online Request (ATIP)



ATIP, full name “Access to Information and Privacy Online Request”. ATIP is rarely known by people, but it is a crucial service that offered by IRCC.

There are three functions of the ATIP:

1. Understand the specific reasons for the refusal: Generally speaking, the refusal letter shows the refusal reason briefly. After reading the refusal letter, it is hard to find out the real reason for the refusal. ATIP helps applicants to see the notes of the immigration officer. The notes may include application time, officers’ concerns, results, refusal reasons. The notes assist applicants preparing for the second application.

2. The application exceeds the normal processing time: If there is no news after the application is submitted, and the processing time has been exceeded, you can reach the file through ATIP, to find out which step the immigration officer has approved, and sometimes you can see it from the notes. You can find out the doubts of the officers, so you will have a framework.

3. To make sure that the next application’s file is same as the previous application materials: Keeping application material identical is good for all visa and immigration applications. If the application materials are different each time, it will cause misrepresentation, which increase the risk of the refusal. If you can’t remember the contents of the previous application, ATIP is a very good way to retrieve the previous application materials.


Not everyone can apply for ATIP. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or Temporary residents in Canada (including international students and PR applicants) have the right to apply for ATIP. If the applicant does not meet the above requirements, for example, the applicant is an oversea visa or immigration applicant, the applicant needs to assign an immigration consultant, or a relative, or a friend in Canada as a representative to apply for ATIP.

ATIP types

ATIP can be basically divided into two types:

1. Notes from the immigration officer. In this document, the applicant can see the immigration officer’s processing time, approval opinions, results, reasons for refusal, etc.

2.  The files from the applicant. In this document the applicant can see all the materials he or she submitted.


1. Refusal letter or application letter

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3. Applicant and representative’s basic information. For example, the applicant’s passport front page, UCI, file number, etc.; the representative’s address, telephone, etc.


Q:How long does it take to get the result?

A:Normally, the processing time for ATIP is 30 days (basically it will exceed 30). The ATIP result will be sent to the applicant by mail.

Q:Can I apply for ATIP by myself in Canada?

A:You can, but there are many steps to finish the ATIP. Please read the content carefully while applying for the ATIP to avoid mistakes.

Q:Is ATIP free?

A:There will be an option “What type of information are you requesting?” during applying for the ATIP. There are two options: “Privacy Act” is a private file transfer that does not require payment, but this option generally cannot receive information; “Access to Information Act” require payment, and the government charges $5 for each application. “Access to Information Act” is recommended because you can get the information you want.


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Processing Time

Program Categories Online On Paper
Canadian visa application processing time
Temporary Resident Visa
97 Days 97 Days
Visitor Record
82 Days 126 Days
Super Visa 94 Days 94 Days
Study Permit Made Outside Canada
10 Weeks 10 Weeks
Study Permit Made Intside Canada
4 Weeks 4 Weeks
Study Permit Extension 131 Days 63 Days
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Outside Canada 11 Weeks 11 Weeks
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Inside Canada 130 Days 17 Days
Briding Open Work Permit
130 Days 17 Days
Canadian immigration application processing time
Express Entry
5 Months 5 Months
Provincial Nominee Program
15 Months 15 Months
Self-employed Immigration
52 Months 52 Months
Federal Skilled Worker Program
5 Months 5 Months
Start-up Visa
37 Months 37 Months
Spouse/CommonLaw Sponsorship
12 Months 12 Months
(Grand) Parents Sponsorship
23 Months 23 Months
Canadian Citizenship/PR Card processing time
16 Months 16 Months
PR Card
66 Days 66 Days
PR Card Renewal
71 Days 71 Days

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