I have a few questions about getting a Letter of Assurance as well as getting notified. As I understand it, candidates can receive a LOA in October and regular notification will be in March. If a candidate does not get a LOA by Oct 31, does that mean he/she has to wait until March to hear a decision? Do letters continue to go out in Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb? Also, what percentage of candidates are notified with a LOA in October vs regular notification in March? In other words, if someone doesn't get a LOA in October, what are his chances of still getting an appointment?