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A question regarding letters of reference

A question regarding letters of reference

Old Jul 11th 2004, 6:58 pm
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Hi there,
My name is Stu and I am the husband of jenny28.
At the moment we are preparing our documents ready to send in our application to the Canadian High Commission and have the following questions. Perhaps someone on here might be able to answer them for me.

I am the principle applicant (given my present job as an Electrician) and I have just obtained my letter of Reference from my present employer. I did this without giving away that I am planning to apply for PR to Canada. He probably thinks (and I did nothing to make him think otherwise) that I am simply applying for another job over here.
My question is will the Canadian High Commission contact him, to either confirm my letter of reference or ask him for additional information ?
Ideally, I would sooner he not know that I am applying for PR to Canada.
If I’m successful then he may find out when I tender my resignation (which could be up to two years away, given how long the application process takes).
If I’m unsuccessful then I’d sooner he never knows that I tried.
But if he is going to be contacted by the CHC then I’d sooner know ASAP so that I can be ready for it.

My second question is that given that I am the principle applicant then how many letters of reference does my wife need to provide ? Does she need to go back and attempt to get letters of reference from all the jobs she has had over the years (which could prove quite hard) or does she simply need to provide a letter of reference from her present employer. Would that be enough ?

Thanks for any comments.
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Old Jul 11th 2004, 9:57 pm
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Default Re: A question regarding letters of reference

Prior to submitting my application, I advised CIC via fax that I did not wish to submit a reference letter from my current employer, as I did not want them to know I am applying. CIC's advise was to submit as much (other) documentation as possible regarding my current employment. ( I had applied to CIC S'pore).

Since you have already got your reference letter, you could indicate in a cover letter that you have not told your employer on your intention to apply for Canadian PR; indicate your reasons (eg as the application process may sometimes take up to 2 years you do not want to jeopardise any future career advancement within your company).

Provide as much documentary info with regards to your employment - your appointment letter, your latest pay slip, any previous years income tax documentation that can indicate the number of years you've been in this company ( or copies of past pay slips ). Submit copies of any membership certificates from any professional guilds that you have joined that indicate the number of years that you have been a member. If you can provide as much info as you can, then any need for background checks will be minimal.

Same applies for your wife. If she has any record or statement of
service from her past employers, then submit it.
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