Here are some most commonly used acronyms in Express Entry :

CIC – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (on some pages the name CIC has been updated to IRCC)

IRCC : Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

AOR – Acknowledgement of Receipt : Initial confirmation from CIC that they have received your file/application.

CEC – Canadian Experience Class

CELPIP – Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. : One of the English language tests, similar to IELTS

CIO – Centralized Intake Office

CoPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residence

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmarks

CPC – Case Processing Centre

CIO – Centralized Intake Office

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

DMP – Designated Medical Practitioner : Your medical tests must be performed by a Designated Medical Practitioner.

ECA – Educational Credential Assessment

e-CAS – e-Client Application Status: Online service provided by CIC wherein applicants can view the status and progress of their application

e-APR – Electronic Application for Permanent Residence

FSW – Federal Skilled Worker

GCMS – Global Case Management System

HRSDC – Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

ITA – Invitation to Apply

IRPA – Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

IRPR – Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

IELTS – International English Language Testing System.

LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment ; It is a document that Canadian employers may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.

MEC – Minimum Entry Criteria

NOC – National Occupational Classification

PPR – Passport Request

PCC – Police clearance certificate

PGWP – Post-graduation work permit

PNP -Provincial Nominee Program

PoF – Proof of Funds (Settlement funds)

RRPF – Right of Permanent Residence Fee

TEF – Test d’Evaluation de Français :  French language testing organization

UCI – Unique Client Identifier : It appears on official documents you get from CIC. It has four numbers, a hyphen and four more numbers. (Example: 0000-0000).

WES – World Education Services

You will find more terms and definitions in the links below:




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