Immigration Glossary


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Canadian federal government agency responsible for the admittance of foreign visitors and temporary workers.
Confirmation Federal Government validation/approval of an employment offer to a foreign national. Confirmations are also referred to as labour market impact assessment.
Foreign National An individual who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Hiring Unit Academic unit responsible for recruiting and hiring to fill a vacancy.
Labout Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) An assessment provided by Service Canada to Citizenship and Immigration Canada which assesses the likely impact that hiring the foreign worker may have on the Canadian labour market.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) An application option available for foreign nationals who wish to become permanent residents of Canada
Port of Entry Canadian border crossings and Canadian airports.
Processing Post Canadian Consulate, High Commission or Embassy.
Service Canada Canadian federal government agency that verifies an employment opportunity is not in competition with qualified Canadian/permanent resident applicants nor in conflict with any existing labour laws (formerly known as HRSDC).
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) A permit which allows a foreign national to enter Canada. Such permits can be issued for either a one-time entry to Canada or for multiple entries to Canada. These documents do not replace work permits but are in addition to them. If such a permit is required, it must be obtained from Citizenship and Immigration prior to entering Canada.
Work Permit A document issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which authorizes a foreign national to work in Canada. A work permit is usually valid only for a specified job, employer and time period. Temporary workers may not undertake full-time studies and may not change jobs or employers unless authorized by IRCC.