While I was researching and reading online websites of how to open a bank account remotely in a U.S. bank, I came across the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) which is issued by the Internal Revenue Service, a U.S. federal government office which comes under the Department of Treasury. Having an ITIN will be very useful in opening a bank account in a U.S. bank.
So on Sunday 8 April 2018 I filled the W-7 form and submitted my passport in an A4 sized envelope to the EMS(Express Mail Service) counter at Maldives Post. I was issued a tracking number but I was surprised when the tracking number was instantly entered into the tracking system of the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) which is another U.S. federal government agency.
I kept calling IRS's international telephone number since I submitted the W-7 form after when it was delivered to IRS on Thursday 26 April 2018.
My application to obtain an ITIN was rejected on 1 June 2018 and the reason was ITIN is for only U.S. tax reporting purposes.
On Saturday 7 July 2018 I received my original passport back by Priority Mail. 7 July 2015 ( which was Ramallan 2015 ) was the day Maldives Immigration issued my passport and it's written that my passport will expire on 7 July 2020. It was exactly to be 3 years I was issued my passport when I received the first letter from IRS returning my passport to me. The following day Sunday 8 July 2018 will be exactly four months since I had posted my application. This not a mere coincidence. It was deliberately done by the IRS which shows that the U.S. shipping and communications system is very efficient.
After a week, on Sunday 15 July 2018 I received another letter from IRS telling me that my ITIN application was rejected. That letter also came to me through Priority Mail. It was exactly four months and one week since I had posted my ITIN application to IRS.
Actually IRS mails the shipping through standard post most of the time, and it will be a month for the mail to be received, but they had made me an exception. Thank you IRS. I received both my postal mails through Priority Mail.
I received both letters personally by myself. On both occasions and instances of communication, the letters were put down on the doorway of my home and when I descended downstairs to have a smoke, I picked up the mails.
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