A Verification of Status (VOS) request is a request for proof of legal status or proof of entry into Canada. You may need to file a VOS request when you are traveling, for a pension, or for other reasons. A Verification of Status request is submitted by filing the Application for a Verification of Status (VOS) or Replacement of an Immigration Document (IMM 5009).
Submitting a Verification of Status Request
If you need to submit a VOS request, you will need to download and use the Instruction Guide (IMM 5545) for Form IMM 5009. Make sure to use the most recent version of IMM 5009. As part of your application, you will need to pay your application fees online. Include a receipt for payment with your application.
When filing your Verification of Status (VOS) request, you may be required to submit a copy of your Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, your identity card or driver’s license, your old entry passport or current passport, or your marriage certificate. Make sure you understand which documents you will need and have clear photocopies ready.
Your completed application will need to be sent via mail to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You can request urgent processing or request specific information to be included in your VOS. It is important to note you will not get an official document when you submit a Verification of Status request. You will get a plain piece of paper, outlining official information needed for your pension or other needs.
Avoid Common Mistakes on Your VOS Request
Submitting your Verification of Status request incorrectly or failing to submit a complete application can delay the process. To ensure you submit a complete request the first time, read all instructions carefully. If you need added support, Immigration Direct has resources to help you, including step-by-step guides with clear language and a free dictionary to help you understand the terms used on forms.
Updated on 28th May 2018.