[quote=“Feiren”]Borrowed her ID? How was that accomplished?[/quote]Very easily. She was sleeping, my friend rifled through his wife’s purse, took her ID, came to my house, I scanned it, and then he took it back and put it back into her purse. Ten minute process max! At the time, he was living with her in the mansion he had built and paid for by himself. After he got his APRC he walked away from it all![quote=“feiren”]Your friend’s case is probably exactly what they are trying to avoid. While the law may not require spousal interviews, the NIA can have a policy of trying to prevent (in their view) fraudulent applications for permanent residency or citizenship where the residence requirement was met by marriage-based residence.[/quote]There is nothing fraudulent about taking your spouse’s ID card to scan it for the APRC package to prove your marriage. You do not need to prove a “happy” marriage to qualify, apply for, and be granted an APRC, just that you are legally married.
On a related issue, my friend went the “show 5 million in a bank account” route and the NIA wanted to have a copy of the bank book submitted with the official bank balance certificate. This is not required, either. Only the bank’s official certificate of balance is required. The bank book clearly showed that the 5 million had only been deposited the day before the APRC interview and they tried to say that it didn’t qualify because of this. They said that the 5 million had to be in the bank account for at least three months to be acceptable. I DEMANDED that they show me the law that stipulated this three month requirement and they backed down and allowed it in the end.
When I applied for my APRC back in 2005, my wife didn’t come with me and no questions regarding my marriage were asked, either. I had my original marriage certificate, household registration, a copy of my wife’s ID card, and a copy of my JFRV ARC card. That’s it. Nothing more regarding my marriage. Of course that was back in the days when the Foreign Affairs Police were running the show.
The NIA is overstepping their authority and arbitrarily “making rulings from the bench” without any reasonable cause. I for one, will not allow them to get away with this type of behavior without a fight! :fume: