A Number

Upon submission of an LMIA-exempt job offer through the Employer Portal, an employer is assigned a distinct request code. This code is designated with the letter A, accompanied by a series of numerical digits. It is essential to have this code readily available when initiating a work permit application.

ABC kiosk

Automated Border Clearance Self-Serve Kiosks are machines positioned at the port of entry in Canada. Their purpose is to screen and assess travelers before any direct engagement with Border Services Officers.

Acknowledgement of Claim (AOC)

AOC, short for Acknowledgement of Claim, is a document issued by immigration authorities in Canada when an individual files for refugee status. This document may also indicate eligibility for the Interim Federal Health Program, which provides healthcare coverage during the refugee claim process.

Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR)

AOR, which stands for Acknowledgement of Receipt, refers to an official email or letter sent by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). It serves as confirmation of the application’s receipt and includes essential details such as the application number and the date it was received.


A formal exoneration refers to the legal declaration by a court or tribunal that identifies criminal offences as not guilty. This official recognition signifies that the accused individual has been cleared of the charges brought against them.


The Secondary Processing System, also known as the Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System, is a digital platform designed to facilitate efficient and expedited processing of commercial goods at customs and border control. This system aims to streamline and speed up the release of goods by automating various aspects of the inspection and clearance procedures.


An Arranged Employment Offer (AEO) refers to a job offer that has been pre-approved by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) or a provincial/territorial government. It is a crucial component of certain immigration programs in Canada, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program. The AEO demonstrates that the applicant has secured a genuine job offer from a Canadian employer, which can positively impact their immigration application by providing additional points or meeting eligibility requirements.


The Automated Fingerprint System (AFIS) is a computerized system designed to store, match, and analyze fingerprint data. It utilizes advanced algorithms and technologies to compare fingerprints collected from crime scenes or individuals against a database of known fingerprints. The AFIS helps law enforcement agencies and forensic experts in the identification and verification of individuals by accurately matching and searching fingerprint records, assisting in criminal investigations and background checks.


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