If you got an Invitation to Apply (ITA), congratulations! That means that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) "liked" your CRS score, and is inviting you to apply to become a Permanent Resident.
When you created your Express Entry profile, you specified lots of things about yourself, right? Things like education, work experience, English level, etc. Well, now is the time to provide evidences for each of those items.
And when it comes to work experience, the way you prove it is through letters from your previous employers.
IRCC specifies a set of rules:
Not to worry. Keep in mind that these letters will be reviewed by a human being. Not by a computer that just check for items. That means that missing one or two items shouldn't hurt your process. But that it will be at the officers "mercy".
For an example, you might be missing "Number of hours per week". In that case, you can attach a letter of your own, describing that information, with any supporting documents you might think of, such as pay stubs.
In fact, it is a good idea to complement the information with supporting documents, or a note (written by yourself) explaining some item that might not be clear on the original letter.
If they are not in English or French, you do. One easy way to bypass this is to request your employer to write the original letter in English.
No, not at all. There is no need to specify the intent of the letter other than to serve as evidence of your experience. It is entirely up to you if you want to be clear about it or not with your previous (or current) employer.
Definitly yes! In fact, you should do so - as long as it is truthful. That way you save your old manager some time, and you rest assured that the content is correct.
You need to provide evidence for every work experience you listed when you first created your Express Entry profile. If you don't remember which ones you did, you can look on your online application at IRCC website.
Work experiences not listed there don't require proof of experience.
As a general rule, you only need to mention and prove work experiences that are related to the profession you specified as your occupation (NOC code).
Here is a sample of a valid letter of experience. You can use it as a base for your own.
Make sure you replace the header with your company's letterhead.