sundaymorningstaple wrote:Homer, I'm not sure where you call home, but if you are from the US, if the Tax Man calleth, he might be auditing one thing but the whole tax return will be scrutinized so, while you shouldn't 'bare your soul', you better be prepared to back up everything you put on your tax return. I've been to almost 300 IRS audits with our clients over an 8 years span when I was the District Director for H & R Block from '69~76.
I was referring to IRS, actually. Several years ago I took some deduction (that I don't exactly recall now) and I got a letter asking to furnish an itemization of the expenses. I called the IRS and asked if I should send the associated receipts also, and response I got was that if receipts were not asked for then don't send them, but be prepared to furnish them if asked.
sundaymorningstaple wrote:It's the same with ICA. If you put it on your application, be prepared to verify it with black & white as the saying goes. You don't need to give it to them but you best have it available if requested. However, normally in better times before the 2011 GE (not the current one) if you could document your highest degree it was usually sufficient. Not always true today, what with so many fraudulent and/or paper mill docs turning up even in the civil service.
Point noted to always have the original documents handy for verification in case they may be required.
sundaymorningstaple wrote:What you need to worry about more is your ethnicity. You said you were Indian. I can assume you are a Native American? If not, if you are an India Indian, and are a naturalized American Citizen, you have much more to worry about than school documentation. ICA may see you as not being the stable type who will just move on in a couple of years, so why bother to give PR. And your wife, sadly, is not what would be considered high on the governments want list at the moment (However, if she were and ABC/BBC/CBC or Malaysian Chinese, it wouldn't hurt you at all. In fact, if she were Malaysian Chinese it would be a plus (and if you are not a Native American, I think you may need all the pluses you can get).
That's how I read this thread at the moment. Can you clarify my assumptions?
Well, I am an "India Indian" naturalized US citizen and my wife is a China born Chinese citizen. From my perspective, I am quite committed to staying in Singapore but would suppose the burden of proof is on me, for something that can't really be proven. I had realized from reading other threads that none of these are particularly (rather, at all) favorable, but within those boundaries, was hoping to follow the application path that had higher (relatively) chances of approval.
Towards that, grateful for all the suggestions, and more particularly the time that everyone took to type them out.