Yes, there is that. If you don't want a calling then don't press to get your records transferred to the ward you're attending.
I'll add my anecdotal stories.
I was once in a ward and later moved to a few blocks just outside the boundaries. We made a case and we were allowed to remain in the ward even though technically we should have been assigned to the other ward. In that instance the BP said the SP okayed it and in our case it was a simple matter of not transferring records out.
I know of another family that attended a ward in a different city because they just didn't mesh with their assigned ward. They attended the other ward for decades.
I do see the policy of requiring membership records to be kept in the ward where the member lives. If you want to be in a different ward you'd have to get the consent of the BPs and the SPs of the place of origin and destination and approval of the Office of the First Presidency.
I have no way of knowing, but I wonder whether the SP sent a letter to the Office of the First Presidency when I lived a few blocks outside my geographical ward. Since it was in the same stake it may have stopped at the stake level. Membership records are regularly audited.
I get the feeling that saying "that action requires approval from the First Presidency" is more of a deterrent to keep the number of requests down. It communicates that the request should make people (and leaders) think twice about allowing exceptions to the established rules. I've got to think that with something simple like moving records to a different ward that by the time the BPs and SPs sign off the Office of the First Presidency is little more than a rubber stamp.