For those of us who are applying from the U.S. for the FSW program, letters of reference can be quite challenging to obtain. I'm a nurse and all the companies I have ever worked for no longer supply letters of reference for legal reasons. A few will supply date employed and date of seperation/termination (if applicable) and job title. Nothing more. Most companies have contracted out this service of job/income verification to a company known as "The Work Number". In order for your information to be verified by a potential employer, or in this case, for purposes of immigration, the entity desiring the information would have to go login into the website for The Work Number, put in a passcode the employee furnishes them with (that, btw, expires 6 months or so from generation) and PAY a fee. Can you believe this? It's incredibly frustrating. Can you imagine trying to get CIC to do this...even if they would, by the time they got the application, the access/passcode would have expired. *sigh* So, I thought of asking my current employer for copies of some of the documents in my employee record: the conditional offer of employment, job description, annual job evaluations etc etc. They put in a request to corporate to allow me to have copies, but HR made it clear that since it is a private company, they are not bound/obliged to supply me with any document whatsover (again, for legal reasons...) So, I am just waiting and HOPING that they provide with at least even the conditional offer of employment. Besides submitting my W2's and paystubs, the only thing I can think to do is ask one of my patients' family members to write a letter attesting to the care I have provided and have it notarized. I just wanted to document this, coz, I have searched online and haven't seen any postings regarding this. I wonder if anyone has any input on this or gone through it... for those who are currently trying to obtain letters of reference from a U.S. employer, you are not alone!