I tried to find previous threads on this issue, but the answers were mixed and confusing. Yesterday, my DS received this email: ------ The United States Military Academy at West Point invites you to apply. Only a few outstanding students are invited to apply to the United States Military Academy at West Point each year. You are one. Begin your USMA Application now. ------ It was a link to his candidate portal which he already had opened when he applied to SLE. On the USMA Admissions website states: ------- West Point will start your candidate file upon receiving a completed Candidate Questionnaire online located here, in the middle of your junior year in high school or as soon after that as possible. You must have a Social Security Number to start a file. Your file will be reviewed, and you will be notified if you have the qualifications to compete for admissions. -------- So, my question is whether this email confirms that my DS is now an official candidate and has the "qualifications to compete for admissions." Thank you for your assistance.