Sample: SoP for Canada
Letter of Explanation (LoE) often referred as Statement of Purpose (SoP) or Letter of Intent (LoI) is an important document while you apply for Study permit in Canada.
In general SoP is understood as the letter you send to school for admission stating who you are, what your interests are, what goals and further plans are, how and why you wish to study the certain program etc. whereas a letter for Canadian Study Permit is headed as Letter of Explanation or Letter of Intent.
We have a general practice of using these terms interchangeably terminologically.
LoE/LoI is generally used to express yourself to visa officer to convince why should you be given a visa. Unlike USA, students do not have to appear in face-to-face interview hence letter is the best way to explain yourself and your intentions.
Quality of Letter of Explanation has been one of the main reasons for visa denial. It has been found that in many cases of visa refusal, the LoE is copied from those sharing the similar profiles or fully written by consultancies.
The originality is the key to drafting the best LoE. The student himself is the best person who can understand and explain himself and all the related conditions around him including his interests, intentions, goals, as well as social and financial conditions.
However, it is equally important to follow a standard format while you are writing an LoE as you cannot ignore this all in the mind with originality. Moreover, it is recommended to take a guidance from experts if you think your LoE isn’t competitive.
Again, do not contradict guidance from experts with originality. Get help from experts with their ideas, proof reading and polishing if you have to but write it yourself.
Drafting a convincing LOE has always been a problem for most of the students which results in ending up copying or assigning it to somebody else. Visa officers have an experience of reviewing these letters for years and are likely to identify the copied one.
Approaching a consultant for completely writing an LoE might be an idea in students’s head but after drafting 100s of LoEs and SoPs, they will come with the same flavor, tone and specifications but just with your details and I believe it is not what a visa officer wants to see.
Most important thing to consider while writing an LoE yourself is what information you include and how you organize and present your information. Date, salutation and subject are mandatory. You can start with your brief introduction which includes who you are and what your academic background is.
The following paragraphs should be able to explain the reason to choose Canada and no other countries, reason to choose the particular subject and that particular school for it, your career plans, your financial plans to cover your expenses and your home ties to convince that you will come back after your studies.
You can conclude your letter by explaining how you follow your responsibilities as an international student while in Canada and kindly requesting for a study permit. These points are the basic guidelines, but you still got some job to work on the contents.
So far, students must have understood that Letter of Explanation or Statement of Purpose is also the way to communicate visa officers any information that is not in the documents, but you think is important for visa officer to know.
Despite trying numerous times, if you think your LOE is not up to the mark, choose the right consultant who can guide you to draft a better one. We strongly request students to avoid asking consultants write the LoE for you.
We believe that the right consultants are those who guide you, not the ones who write it for you. It is recommended to place an LoE in the beginning of the uploaded file.
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