I am applying for the permenant residenship in Canada. I am from Ontario. Some of my friends who applied for PR a year or two ago, has got through the process and actually got it. One of my friend who applied last year, didn't get any of his documents notarized and he suggested the same to me. But, it is mentioned that I have to send my documents to Buffalo, if it is not orignal, I am supposed to be sending the "notarized photocopies". My friends say it does not matter, you can just go to the bank and get the certified true copy, they will go through the docs and seal it and sign on it as "certified true copy" I have like 30 to 40 documents, like mark sheets, degree certificates, birth certificates yada yada...I called up the immigration to ask them if I really have to notarize or they would accept certified copies from bank, but they absoultely had no idea about this and told me they are not trained for that information. Notarizing all my docs would cost a bomb after I checked out the prices. Should I just get the certified true copies stamped from my bank or do I have to go through the notarizing thing? Would they accept it from my bank? Anyone who did that recently and got through? Another question is, I was on a study permit and currently on a work permit. I lived in Canada for about 1.5 years now. I am applying under skilled worker catagory. I was told that I should be sending my docs to Buffalo...I am not sure if I can choose my own visa office of my choice, which has less crowd or something. Please help me out...I am confused.