File review is the phase of the match when programs and their file reviewers have access to all the applications that have been submitted to their program through CaRMS Online.

While most supporting documents are available to programs once file review opens, letters of reference will not be available to programs until one week after the opening of file review. This is in order to avoid penalizing applicants who have scheduled electives ending in November and are potentially requesting a letter of reference from this elective. Citizenship and language documents are only accessible to postgraduate offices, programs and file reviewers do not have access to this information.

Typically, file reviewers will review applications according to the process and procedures established on a program level, CaRMS is not involved in this process.

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