Hi anyta66, I was also trying to get the same information as my passport was received by CIC on 21st Jan 2013. They are yet to send my passport back as I am tracking Canada Post everyday. Feedback from one of guys "toronto16" is as below. "Hi dchoudh, The passport was received by CIC on 16th January. Since I had the return tracking id on my Canada Post envelop the dispatch date of the passport was 19th (hence I thought it's the approval date). I received the passport on 21 Jan."