I had applied for LTVP based on EPEC on Feb 26th and today, March 15, I got an email that it was denied. I have a Bachelors degree in Finance & Accounting along with CPA qualification (US GAAP) along with 3 years of work experience in one of the Big 4. I understand that getting EPEC and LTVP are two different things and LTVP might have well been denied because of general crackdown on number of foreigners in Singapore.
However, from what I think, it was denied because of a mismatch in Passport # (old passport) noted on EPEC and passport number (new passport) I put down in online application through e-VP. When I had applied for EPEC, I put my old passport number in the application (it was still valid for 6 months at that time but just about). So, the EPEC carries my old passport number. However, before I came here on Short Term Visa, I renewed my passport so when I filed LTVP application it had a different passport number on it resulting in a mismatch between EPEC and LTVP application.
So, I guess from people's experiences here do you think its worth it to appeal since I am already in Singapore. If yes,can someone provide more information on the appeals process? I have searched through old posts but all I could find was that people appealed but no further information on the appeals procedure itself. I couldn't find anything about the appeals procedure on the ICA website either. Can someone please throw some light on it?
My other option is to just extend the Short Term Pass for about 90 days as thats all I would need to get a job anyway and sit for CFA L3 exam in June first week. Only shortcoming being, every bank I have been to told me that they need me to have either LTVP or EP or PR card and I can't open a bank account until then and I can't come in and go out of Singapore as I could on LTVP.
So, in summary:
- 1) Is it advisable to appeal LTVP denial considering that its possible that it was denied because of passport number mismatch as stated above?
2) If I should appeal, can you please provide some light on the appeals procedure?