(My address goes here)

26th May 2009

Visa Section
19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
Chaoyang District
Beijing, PRC 100600

Dear Madam or Sir:

My mother-in-law has accepted my invitation to visit my family here in Canada. In order to streamline the process, I am writing you directly to provide information in support of her visa application.

Here is the information about the person being invited.

Ø Name:

Ø Date of Birth:

Ø Address and Phone Number:

Ø Relationship to the Inviter:

Ø Purpose of the Trip: A personal family visit.

Ø Duration of the Trip: 1st July 2009 to 1st November 2009, 4 months.

Ø Financial Arrangement: Since my mother-in-law will be staying with us, she does not need to worry about accommodation or living expenses. Also, since she will be sightseeing with us in our own car, she does not need to worry about travel costs. This is all she needs: $2000 round-trip airfare, $1000 for traveler's insurance, and perhaps $1000 for souvenir shopping. These amount to RMB 24,000.

Here is the information about myself, the inviter.

Yours sincerely

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Base on the Govt.of Canada link I gave you the other day, it seemed clear to me that they wanted a copy of a letter from you to your mother-in-law.

You still don't agree?

I'm afraid I inserted myself into Osee's letter problem on another thread. (Disclaimer: I did say at the time that I knew nothing about the visa application process in Canada.) I have visited the website that explains this, and it still seems a bit strange of the Canadian government to require that Osee write a letter to his mother-in-law listing her date of birth, giving details of how she will be accommodated and how much it will all cost, and inviting her to apply for a visa. Plus, she doesn't speak English, so she wouldn't be able to read the letter when it came. It all seemed a bit through the looking-glass.

However, I agree with Clive that the website makes it look as though the application for the visa (accompanied by your letter) will have to come from your MIL, Osee, and not directly from you. Perhaps while your wife is visiting her mom, she could help her with the application?

Can you not just call the office and talk to somebody about it?

In any case, having read the bulleted list of required information, I would not even try to make this letter sound "natural." If I were writing such a letter, I would go right down the list, making a new paragraph for each required point and giving the information in a simple sentence.

Again, I know NOTHING about how to apply for a visa in Canada. As is now abundantly clear.
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OK. I am considering going back to the invitation letter. But I really do not know how to deal with those information like birth date. I will be back on this soon.
Hi Clive, could you do me a favor and delete my name at the bottom of the letter? Thanks.

Just write in your letter to your mother-in-law,

"Now, here are some details that I am including because the Govt. of Canada requires them to be in this letter."

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Good suggestion. Thanks a lot.

BTW, thanks for the deleting.

Just write in your letter to your mother-in-law,

"Now, here are some details that I am including because the Govt. of Canada requires them to be in this letter."


What a brilliant solution, Clive. So much better than having to come up with something like, "While you are visiting us, Mom, I hope you will often leave our modestly furnished guest room, located on the south-west corner of our house at 1313 Mockingbird Land, to enjoy a meal costing about seven Canadian dollars and tell us anecdotes about life in China during the mid-twentieth century. Since you were born on May 16, 1954, you should have plenty of such anecdotes to share. "
Hi Del,

You obviously haven't eaten a meal in Canada for a while.

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