HR denies Providing Reference Letters


We all know the Importance of Employer’s Reference Letters in the Process of Immigration

Reference Letter Provides Details about:

Roles and Responsibilities an Employee carried during his tenure

Duration he worked for, No. of hours per week he worked,

Salary details and Company contact details.

Here I will not be discussing much about the content of reference letter, but I would be discussing about the situation where Employer is denying to provide these.

When you apply for Immigration, you would be providing Employment details in the application and your role would be mapped to certain Occupation code (For ex: NOC 2173 = Software Engineer in IRCC)

Now Reference Letters are the way Immigration officer would verify if Details provided by an applicant is valid and authentic.

However, there are situations where Ex Employer denies providing it.

I have been in this situation too.

My questions to those employers are:

The company being at Level 5(CMMI),if it  doesn’t even provide reference to ex-employees, It’s truly unbelievable, sad and pathetic

If my duties for the tenure I was in the company is genuine, and can be verified by all means, then  I’m not sure  know what is the challenge in providing reference letter which could otherwise  help positively  in immigration process

I have even shared to the organization, the clear guidelines by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

 They still do not understand the seriousness of the concern/Request . Why?’

I can take alternative approach of getting Personal reference letters from my supervisor as suggested . However, since it will not be on company letterhead, it will not be useful

However, I understand that there can be no Legal Obligation to provide reference letter, but it could have helped me a lot in immigration process

This always invokes a thought in my mind:

When company recruits a candidate, will it not check the authenticity of the candidate’s education and previous experience?

What if the candidate denies providing these documents (degree and previous employment experience letters?)

Would the potential employer recruit him?

I have seen many employees being terminated because their background verification failed.

Now My question again to the such organization is , if you are seeking every document which is authentic in order to recruit a candidate , why is that you are unable to provide reference letters to your ex-employees in order to move ahead in their future  career prospects.

In addition, These Indian MNC is more or less equal to Government Municipal offices in India

Morever,Few HRs in these organizations think, their roles and responsibilities is only limited to recruiting, completing joining formalities and making their speacial appearance for exit interview.

I have seen very Less HR representative, who actually understands the Employee concern and help them in overcoming their setbacks.

PS: here “I” doesn’t just represent me, but represents every person who has been denied reference letters.

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Author: theonlysup

Self Motivated. Optimistic , Resilient . Sometimes emotional, most of the Time Happy :)

8 thoughts on “HR denies Providing Reference Letters”

  1. I have heard of similar HR horror stories – last few months, my husband and I have been scrambling for similar immigration-related documents and I can almost see that once you inform the HR about the requirement, they have marked you as an employee already out of the company. Hopefully your post should help other folks 🙂

    Good luck!

    1. Thanks praju for sharing ur experience. All i got to do now is create a letter of explanation and stating that ex employer has giving written statement that they cannot provide the same ..

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