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Old Aug 15th 2010, 11:54 pm
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Mine's currently on a page and a bit. It outlines what I do, what I want to do, what I can offer and briefly why I want to live in Canada.

I have done separate cover notes for any complicated explanations for document.

Does that sound about right? Hand in day is Friday!!! x
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Mine's currently on a page and a bit. It outlines what I do, what I want to do, what I can offer and briefly why I want to live in Canada.

I have done separate cover notes for any complicated explanations for document.

Does that sound about right? Hand in day is Friday!!! x
All the info I have read from CIC explicitly asks that you should not include a cover letter. I think they like to see their security-blanket checklist on the from of the app!

However - we have several pieces of explanatory info such as a missing educational certificate, missing business card for 1 past employer reference and stuff like that - and also a breakdown of our proof of funds with our 3 home evaluations and mortgage letter. We are planning to put a letter in further back (behind the visa office specific checklist, but in front of the other supporting documents) as kind of an "Additional Info for Supporting Documents" page.

Do you think we're better off doing separate notes for each supporting document or 1 single summary letter? We were just thinking of doing a single summary letter so as not to drown them with extra stuff.

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Old Aug 16th 2010, 12:34 am
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I've done individual notes for each section and explained odd documents where needs be but in the checklist of ordering things they sent to us, it says COVER LETTER after the forms and before any documents. There is no explanation of what this is supposed to be so I'm not really sure?!
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I've done individual notes for each section and explained odd documents where needs be but in the checklist of ordering things they sent to us, it says COVER LETTER after the forms and before any documents. There is no explanation of what this is supposed to be so I'm not really sure?!
Ah sorry I now see you are applying under a different route entirely to FSW, so your requirements will differ completely probably. This is why you've heard of this covering letter and I haven't

But anyway I think it might be a good idea to write a separate letter/note in each supporting document section rather than trying to club it all together. They may end up splitting up the various sections to get different people to look at.

Best of luck with your app!
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