BOC – Basis of claim (form)

BSO – Canada Border Services Officer

CAIPS – Computer Assisted Immigration Processing System (used by Immigration to record overseas application information)

CBSA – Canadian Border Services Agency

CG – Constituent Groups (used in context of working under the authority of SAH’s)

CIC – Citizenship and Immigration Canada

CIO – Centralized Intake Office

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark

CPO-W – Centralized Processing Office in Winnipeg – used for Refugees Abroad

FN – Foreign National

FOSS – Field Operated Support System

H&C – Humanitarian and Compassionate (used to refer to s.25 Humanitarian and Compassionate applications)

HRSDC – Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (the agency responsible for Labour Market Opinions for temporary employment visas and skilled worker applications)

IRB – Immigration and Refugee Board

IRPA – Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

IRPR – Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

IAD – Immigration Appeal Division

LMO – Labour Market Opinions

NOC – National Occupation Classification (standardized system for job classification used by Immigration to assess worker qualifications)

ROE – Record of Examination

PGWPP –  Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

POE – Port of Entry

PIF – Personal Information Form

RPD – Refugee Protection Division

SAH – Sponsorship Agreement Holders (used in context of refugee sponsorship’s abroad)

TSR – Temporary Suspension of Removals – pursuant to s.230(1) of the IMRP Regulations

TRV – Temporary Resident Visa

UPP – Urgent Protection Program

VAC- Visa Application Centre




Implied status – where a FN applies to extend a visa prior to its expiration the applicant remains in status with “implied status” until Immigration makes a decision




Our recent posts

Nov 5, 2018

In this lecture Shelley Levine discusses the distinction between Immigration and Refugee Law.  

Jul 25, 2018

On June 27, 2018, the Legal Aid Ontario Refugee Law Conference was held at the Jackman Law Building at the University of Toronto. In the spirit of legal excellence and to benefit from the discussion of the wide range of topics regarding the evolving state of refugee law in Canada, Levine Associates attended the Conference….
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Jun 13, 2017

Legacy Cases – The Final Chapter? For those not familiar with the issue, back in 2012, Canada radically reformed our refugee system in a number of ways including changes affecting who hears refugee claims and perhaps most significantly reducing the wait times for such cases to be heard. Cases at that time were taking anywhere…
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