[quote=“Omniloquacious”][quote=“bismarck”]I don’t want to be the one to piss on the rug here, but I thought we all knew this.
I’m not saying it’s reasonable, but it is what it is. Knowing this, and knowing what it takes to get another CRC is why I haven’t left the island in four years or something. Just sayin’. [/quote]
Oh yes, we who have subjected ourselves to this process are or should be well aware that a departure from the island will necessitate our obtaining a new clearance certificate if we make the departure prior to obtaining the certificate of candidacy. But to require this after the applicant has received his certificate of candidacy and has actually gone through with the renunciation of original citizenship goes way beyond reasonableness or meaningful purpose. It is an absolutely outrageous case of putting up troublesome obstacles just for the bloody-minded sake of doing so. What Northcoast Surfer has written in his last post makes it all the more so, since the certificate clearly cannot serve its purported purpose in any way whatsoever in his friend’s case.
However, if I were the fellow concerned, I would send a strong letter of protest to the Minister of the Interior, explaining very clearly why this requirement absolutely should not be applied in such circumstances. And if he knows any reasonably senior civil servant or politician, he could also ask them to put in a word on his behalf. It might just be enough to get the requirement dropped.
Like you, Bismarck, I have not set foot off these islands in years, largely because I do not want the hassle of having to get another police certificate from the UK. Getting one for my APRC application was bother enough. When I was applying for my certificate of candidacy, I was told that I must get another police certificate from my home country. I pointed out that I had not left Taiwan since obtaining my APRC one, so it could not possibly serve any meaningful purpose. That was not enough for the junior civil servant handling my case, who insisted that the rules required me to get another certificate. So I wrote to the Minister of the Interior, and got one of my government contacts to call the MOI about it. Sure enough, as I’d expected, the requirement was immediately dropped and the certificate of candidacy promptly issued without any further ado.[/quote]
I advised him to go to his HHRO and see if they will dime out the specific person at the M.O.I. who has made this crappy decision. Then, he can call the person directly and explain it and if necessary try to get the AIT involved to explain that the renunciation was granted because of no pending criminal charges and then perhaps it won’t be necessary. However, I’ve already printed out the FBI fingerprint cards and he’s gone to the NIA to roll his fingerprints today just in case. We’ll see.
My wife was less than sympathetic. After I told her the whole miserable story, she simply replied, “活該!” Nice! :roflmao: