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Member # 7276
|Posted December 16, 2003 11:39 AM |
I finally got a reply yesterday (after over a week of my mail enquiring about the collection/ status of my HSMP application). The fellow replying, said they had sent an earlier message to me requesting for additional information to support my claims. And, that if I did not reply by early January they would make a decision based on the documents in their custody.
They zeroed in on my academic qualification (that they wanted a transript to show that I had completed the programme), letters of appointment e.t.c. to show that I really worked for the length claimed and in the mentioned capacities, and tax documents to show that I really earned as much as I claimed to have earned.
First off, I sent back a mail saying that I never received the message they claimed to have sent. And, that a week afetr the date the message was sent someone else in the same office was telling me that my application was yet to be allocated.
Thereafter, I sat down to review all the additional information they have requested for. To my amazement all they are requesting for were already in the package. And, the outline to the application package showed where each document was. I thereafter sent back the same attachment outline and explained a few things about the packaging and the situation. I suggested that they should go ahead and reach a decision based on the documents in their custody.
I added a caveat that they could go ahead and contact the institutions and associations mentioned at the addresses indicated on top of the documents attached.
My questions are:
Did anybody bother to look at the application package at all.
What more documents could I have sent when all the originals were over there with them.
Moreover, there were other areas that they did not ask for additional documents. Does it mean these areas were acceptable to them? Bearing in mind that the documents were from the same source.
I wonder what this portends for my aplication?
Member # 7276
|Posted December 16, 2003 12:34 PM |
Kaylami & co,
any word of advise please.
Member # 7233
|Posted December 16, 2003 12:49 PM |
Well you requested them to go ahead with what they' ve got...so long as you get the 65 points, no need to worry.
I am surprised that they are asking you for things that they have already got!..
Hopefully the end result will be goos
All the best
.........Nkosi sikelele Africa
Member # 7276
|Posted December 16, 2003 01:38 PM |
I was just wondering where you were. Thanks as usual.
Its really surpirsing. I mean, I had a letter from my MD stating my compensation as well as two bank statements showing deposits into my account. And, they are asking me to show tax receipts for the period. Meanwhile, the period under consideration is Sept 02 to Sept 03. So, I had to explain that tax documents are given at the begining of each year for the previous year. Moreover, they can always get across to my company to confirm the details contained in my application.
The questions they asked and other supporting documents requested for shows that someone somewhere has not really gone through the package very well.
Moreover, the package was really explicit. I am at a loss as to what could be the cause or the intention of all the rigmarole.
What options are open to me if I feel I have not been fairly treated.
Mind you, I am not pre-empting them. I am just trying to cover all the bases here.
Member # 7141
|Posted December 16, 2003 05:26 PM |
Here are a few suggestions before you conclude that you are being unfairly treated by HSMP:
1. For your sake, do not assume that they do not look at the documents. They do. You should assume there is a valid reason why they are asking for more information. Perhaps something is missing or perhaps something is not readily apparent in the package you sent. You have to understand why---itís your problem, not theirs.
2. Without fully understanding why they are asking the questions, I recommend that you do not suggest to them that they should be doing legwork by calling your employer, etc in Nigeria. Your job in preparing an effective application is to make their job as easy as possible so that they ask no questions. As they pointed out, they may just make a negative decision in January because they donít have what they need.
3. Taxes are always an area of concern for HSMP. The rules somewhere state that earnings only count if they are taxed. You must provide proof of tax withholding and payment, at least for the earnings from September though December of last year (which you pointed out would be available by now). Perhaps HSMP are not satisfied with the explanation from your employer; thatís one reason why third-party evidence from the Nigerian tax authorities might be needed.
4. The key to your success is to be non-confrontational, giving them what they ask for. They are in control and want you to recognise that.
Member # 7276
|Posted December 16, 2003 05:39 PM |
well I have replied them since yesterday and I am waiting for the outcome of their review.
I was just perplexed by the questions raised, since the documents were already with them.
Well, I am learning about the whole process and the way it works now. And, I am the wiser for that.
No probs. I will await their reply.
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