A reference letter from the employer is a vital part of any visa application submitted to Canadian immigration authorities that can make or break an applicant’s case.
When applying for a temporary visa, this reference will serve as proof of the following:
When enrolling in the Federal Skilled Worker immigration program, these letters prove that the applicant has the skills and expertise required to qualify for permanent residence in Canada.
Applications without any supporting reference letters may (depending on the type of application) lead to them being returned to the applicant or the request for the visa being denied altogether. Submitting incorrect, false, or incomplete reference letters – especially those with factual errors – will also lead to denial or severe complications.
Check the sample provided below for reference on how a visa recommendation letter from an employer should look like. This sample letter confirms the applicant’s work experience for the Federal Skilled Worker immigration program and was written in accordance with the requirements set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The guidelines provided with the Federal Skilled Worker program list the main requirements for visa reference letters. The same requirements apply to letters written for most other types of visa applications (i.e., Provincial Nominee Program applications, etc.)
The requirements are as follows:
The letter you submit should not be too long or too detailed. It has to adhere to the aforementioned requirements and only list what’s truly necessary.
Your job requirements and responsibilities should be made clear without providing superfluous or excessive statements unrelated to your case. Make sure that the reference letter is dated, signed, and contains all of the requisites and contacts should the immigration authorities decide to contact your employer for additional information.
12 Commercial Dr., Smalltown, UK
+5.555.555.5555 | email@example.com | www.ajaxcompany.net
To whom it may concern
By this letter Ajax Inc. confirms that John Doe has been employed with the company since February 01, 2017 till present time in the position of a Senior Software Developer.
His main job duties include writing program code in C# and C++ as per the provided technical requirements for software modules of the "Logistics Expert" and "Standard Aspect" application packages developed by Ajax Inc, as well as debugging, optimization and troubleshooting of existing program code.
Mr.Doe is a supervisor of a workgroup consisting of three software developers; he assigns tasks within the group, monitors overall task progress and prepares monthly reports for the management on the grop performance.
Mr.Doe is employed on a full-time basis, his salary is $45 per hour.
Please contact the undersigned for any inquiries pertaining to the matter.
Senior HR manager
April 23, 2020