Useful Abbreviations for Your Application

(Updated as required…)

ADR – Additional Documents Request

AED – United Arab Emirates Dirham

AINP – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program

AIP – Atlantic Immigration Program

AOR – Acknowledgement of Receipt

BCNP – British Columbia Nominee Program

BGC – Background Check

CAD – Canadian dollars

CBSA – Canada Border Service Agency

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 available in Canada, USA, Philippines, and the UAE.

CIC – Citizenship and Immigration Canada

CIIP – Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (now known as Planning for Canada)

COPR – Confirmation of Permanent Resident Form

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

CSS – Comprehensive Security Screening

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.

ECA – Educational Credential Assessment

EE – Express Entry

FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program

GCMS – Global Case Management System

ICAS – International Credential Assessment Service

ICES – International Credential Evaluation Service

IELTS – International English Language Testing System. One of only two English language testing organizations approved by CIC (CELPIP is the other). Note: Skilled Worker applicants need to take the IELTS ‘General Training’ exams, not the ‘Academic Training’. As of 2019, IELTS is also offered as a computer-based exam.

IP(1/2) – In Progress

IQAS – International Qualifications Assessment Service

ITA – Invitation to Apply

LOE – Letter of Explanation

LICO – Low Income Cut-Off

LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment

MAP – My Action Plan

MCC – Medical Council of Canada (for Physicians)

MEP – Medicals passed

MR – Medical Request

NA(1/2/3) – Not applicable

NOI – Notification of Interest

NB – New Brunswick

NBPNP – New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

NBPNP EELMS – New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Express Entry Labour Market Stream

NOC – National Occupational Classification

OINP – Ontario Immigration Nominee Program

OINP HCP – Ontario Immigration Nominee Program – Human Capital Priorities stream

PCCGPP – Private Career College Graduate Pilot Program

PEBC – Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (for Pharmacists)

PETL NB – Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, New Brunswick

PFC – Planning for Canada – an orientation program for new immigrants to Canada run by the Canadian Government in partnership with provincial programs, providing immigrants with useful information and resources to make their move and settlement in Canada as easy and stress-free as possible.

PNP – Provincial Nomination Program

POF – Proof of funds

PPR – Passport Request

RPRF – Right of Permanent Residence Fee

RR – Review Required (this usually appears in the GCMS notes, indicating that the VO is not completely satisfied with the information provided by the applicant)

SAPS – South African Police Service

SS – Security Screening

SWP – Skilled Worker Program

TEF – Test d’Evaluation de Français. The main French language testing organization approved by CIC. Note: Skilled Workers have to complete the following tests: Comprehension Ocrite / Comprehension Orale / Expression Ecrite / Expression Orale

TCF – The Test de connaissance du Français is administered by the French government-run Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) to test proficiency in French and will be available at approved test centres in Canada and more than 150 countries

VAC – Visa Application Centre

VFS Global – Check for the Visa Application Centre in your country to submit Biometrics (as of July 31st, 2018) and passports after PPR

VO – Visa Office/Officer

WES – World Education Services

ZAR – South African Rands


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