[quote=“spaint”]I feel there’s been some misunderstanding about my background and my options.
At the time of writing it was IMPOSSIBLE to apply for an APRC because I did not have my 納稅證明書 (Income Tax Statements) for the last two years and could not get them in a timely because my estranged wife would not sign a Power of Attorney for me to get them.
I had the income tax statement from three years ago because I was listed as the primary taxpayer. I also had documents showing lists of my personal tax burdens over the last three years, but those lists were insufficient because the APRC requirements expressly request BOTH tax lists AND tax statements.
Ironically, the requirements for naturalization are merely proof of income, and the checklist goes on to state that 扣繳憑單 (withholding statements) are adequate.
Thanks in no small part to the good members of this site, I am aware that there are many ways to avoid being drafted if I’m 35 when my household registration comes through. Nonetheless, I’m also able to accept the possibility that I might have to do service of some kind. To me today, these elements are not important. What I really want right now is a residency solution in the shortest time possible so that I can sign a divorce paper the next time my wife is marginally stable.
I started this thread primarily because my naturalization case might prove problematic. I am married, but I want to apply as an independent individual because the application process for a spouse involves an interview with the “happy” couple to ensure that people are not marrying for the sake of obtaining an ROC passport. The problem in my case is that the HR officers are unable to inform me in advance whether immigration will actually accept my application as an independent or go ahead and interview my wife regardless.
Needless to say, such an interview would be disastrous.
Now for today’s update to my situation.
I received a call yesterday from the wife telling me that she would give me the power of attorney document. I’ve had this call several times and it’s been a waste of time, but somehow this time it wasn’t. After an awfully long evening that I won’t go into I finally returned home with a signed and dated document to get my Income Tax Statements.
That threw my entire plan into disarray. I had been entirely prepared to try my luck at naturalization and instead I found that I would be able to apply for my APRC after all. I believe (but cannot prove) that my application for an APRC is more likely to be successful than naturalization. I also believe that it will be significantly quicker and so I went to get my income tax statements.
I assembled my documents and went to the NIA offices in Taipei. I had an awfully long wait because the officer who deals with APRC applications was absent, his backup was busy, and I understandably didn’t have an appointment.
Incredibly, and after all my stressing over the last few weeks, the lady at the counter told me that the requirements for Income Tax Statements had been scrapped LAST WEEK! She tried to be nice and told me that maybe part of the reason was because I’d made such a fuss over the issue two weeks ago. I felt so ill I nearly burst into tears. At least now any other unfortunates who made the mistake of allowing wifey to file taxes on their behalf will not be screwed over by their lack of understanding of the tax code.
I ended up submitting my documents today for my APRC. The most time-sensitive and difficult item to get is my UK police record check, which was issued on May 11. It’s validity will expire on August 10 for APRC purposes. The nice part is that should my application for my APRC be rejected on whatever spurious grounds are found, aside from making an appeal, I should still be able to attempt naturalization because (and correct me if I’m wrong here) the foreign criminal background check has a validity of SIX months when using it for naturalization.
Sorry for the long-winded and rambling post. It’s been a crazy month and I can only hope that the end is in sight.[/quote]
If they took the APRC application, then you are if not 100% sure, then fairly sure that they will give you the APRC. Good luck with it.
And - honestly, the problems you have are only starting, getting the divorce will be the hard part.