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Immigration Acronyms

Discussion in 'General - All Canadian Immigration' started by mikeramma, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. Immigration acronyms:

    AOR - Acknowledgement of Receipt

    CAIPS - Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System. This is the computer system used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for storing all overseas visa application information. This system records every bit of information you provide. It is like an electronic identity; existence of the applicant. This is very helpful when anything abnormal happens (e.g. delay in reply, lack of updation, long processing time). It is also helpful when you are selected for the interview. You can know the probable cause of interview requirement by obtaining the CAIPS notes.
    CANN - Community Airport Newcomers’ Network
    CELPIP - Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. This is one of only two English language testing organizations approved by CIC (IELTS is the other). CELPIP testing is only available in Canada (Vancouver and Toronto) and China.
    CPP - Canada Pension Plan
    CIC - Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    CICIC - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
    CIDA - Canadian International Development Agency
    COPR - Confirmation of Permanent Resident Form
    CSQ - Certificate du Selection du Quebec (Quebec Certificate of Selection)

    DMP - Designated Medical Practitioner. Under the Skilled Worker Program application all family members must undergo a medical exam, performed by a doctor that has been approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
    IRPA - Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
    IRPR - Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
    EAL - English as an Additional Language
    e-CAS - e-Client Application Status. This on-line service allows CIC clients to view securely the status of immigration and/or citizenship application(s) on-line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may use this service if you have sponsored a member of the family class, applied for permanent residence from within or outside Canada, applied for a permanent resident card (initial, replacement or renewal), applied for a grant of Canadian citizenship, or applied for a proof of Canadian citizenship.
    EFL - English as a Foreign Language
    EI - Employment Insurance (also sometimes referred to as unemployment insurance)
    ELT - English Language Training/Teaching
    ESL - English as a Second Language
    ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages
    ESP - English for Specific Purposes
    GIC - Guaranteed Investment Certificate
    GST - Goods and Services Tax
    H&C grounds - Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. In the case of Canadian immigration, refers to section A25(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Any person who does not comply with the three categories of immigration to Canada (family, economic and refugee) may ask to be considered for immigration selection on H&C grounds.
    HRDC (see HRSDC) - former Human Resources Development Canada
    HRSDC - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The government agency responsible for performing both Arranged Employment Opinions and Labour Market Opinions for the purposes of obtaining employment confirmation letters. Such letters may be required by Skilled Worker applicants when attempting to qualify for the additional ten points under the Arranged Employment Factor.
    ICCS - International Council for Canadian Studies
    ID - Identification
    IELTS - International English Language Testing System. One of only two English language testing organizations approved by CIC (CELPIP is the other). Note that Skilled Worker applicants will want to complete the IELTS 'General Training' exams, not the 'Academic Training' exams.
    IRPA - Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
    MSP - Medical Services Plan
    NOC - National Occupational Classification
    NGO - Non-Governmental Organization
    OLA - Open Learning Agency
    PST - Provincial Sales Tax
    RCMP - Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    RRPF - Right of Permanent Residence Fee
    RRSP - Registered Retirement Savings Plan
    SIN -Social Insurance Number
    SWP - Skilled Worker Program
    TEF - Test d'Evaluation de Français. The only French language testing organization approved by CIC. Note that Skilled Workers are to complete the following tests: Comprehension Ocrite / Comprehension Orale / Expression Ecrite / Expression Orale.
    VSO - Voluntary Services Overseas
    WCB - Workers’ Compensation Board
    YMCA - Young Men’s Christian Association
    YWCA - Young Women’s Christian Association
    IA-Intial Assessment
    PPR-Passport Request
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  3. Good Job Mike !
  5. Thx buddy,

    Just trying to help each other :)
  6. Thanks. This is quite useful.
    I however wish the processing time is faster, especially for those of us applying through Ghana
  7. Thanks Mike for this information you've shared with us but I was wondering if these acronyms are being ask during visa officer interview.....? I will really appreciate your answer with this inquiry...Happy New Year!!
  8. No these acronyms are not being asked during the interviews , but it is preferable to understand their meanings if you want to participate in these immigation forums.
    Best wishes
  10. and also if i can see anybody who can be of help to invite me to canada so as to reduce the level of my stress in processing my stay in canada . can anybody who stays in canada help me for that ..
  11. AOR = Acknowledgement of Receipt ??
  12. AOR I guess its when the CIC send you a letter telling you they receive your application. But Im not sure
    Also add:
    PCC: Police Certificate Clearance

    Thanks a lot Mike, great info.
  13. Excellent stuff this is going to help so much. Thanks
  14. Thanks Mike.That was quiet informative.

    I am in my initial stages of processing...........Could you help me with any other inputs....

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