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Immigration Cover Letter Template

What is a cover letter?

The cover letter is an excellent way to help important aspects of your immigration application stand out to the immigration officer. You can think of it as a summary of your entire application. Your cover letter can let the officer know what program you are applying under and that you meet all of the qualifying criteria. It can also be used to draw attention to, and explain other considerations that may raise red flags if left unaddressed.

Is a cover letter necessary for Canadian immigration and PR?

No, cover letters for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is 100% optional. However, cover letters can be very helpful in assisting the IRCC immigration officer see a summary of your entire application. The purpose of a cover letter is to make the lives of immigration officers easier and to guide them through your application. Keep this in mind when you write a cover letter for immigration.

How do I write a cover letter for PR?

Writing a cover letter for PR is simple. As we mentioned above, keep in mind that the cover letter exists to help the immigration officer navigate your application. Don't mentioned any unnecessary information and mention only the important things you want the IRCC immigration officer to understand. We've created a Canadian immigration Cover Letter template that you can download at the top of this page.

Considerations when writing a Cover Letter

  • You are creating a summary for the immigration officer to understand your situation better. 
  • Be clear and concise without leaving important details out! 
  • Divide the subjects you want to explain into different topics. 
  • Maintain a positive attitude in your letter. Positivity can be contagious.
  • Use standard / correct written English (i.e.no slang or abbreviations, no “CAPITALIZATION” and be respectful.