And This Just Happened



Yep, that’s me, the newest (almost) citizen of the United Kingdom. I am no longer going to be the odd one out in my family of dual citizens. I have mixed feelings about it–it’s just, well, weird. But it makes sense because now all of us can move freely from one country to another, if we need to, without having to fill out anymore application forms (and write hefty checks), permission for permanent residency documents (more hefty checks), take any more tests, ask for any more character references, and write any more checks! (Well, except for the check for £50 for the citizenship ceremony, and the check for £72.50 for the new passport.)

Here’s the part where I could do a riff on the old American Express commercial (it was American Express, right?)

Passport: £72.50
Citizenship application + residency application fees: (approximately) £2,000.
Citizenship ceremony fee: £50
Cost of moving 3,500 miles: Don’t even ask
Emotional cost of international move: A price too high to be counted

Finally becoming a dual citizen? Priceless.

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? Maybe not, but I’ll let you know how the oath-swearing to the Queen goes just as soon as it’s over. I’ll be official on January 8th at approximately 6 pm.

Wish me luck.

3 thoughts on “And This Just Happened

  1. Kate

    Dude! I can’t believe how far behind I am and how much has happened in your life since the last time I checked in. And agreed – dual citizenship *is* weird. The first time I ticked the “Irish” box under “Nationality”, I felt like I had misunderstood the question and couldn’t figure out the right answer. And I am still surprised, every few months, when I come up against something unmistakably Irish, and my brain remembers that this isn’t just some wacky section of DC with a huge number of Irish, Polish, and Nigerian immigrants. Weird. But even though it is weird, you are right that it is so much more pleasant to have everything squared away and never have to do that whole extra layer of bureaucracy again. Congrats!!

    1. virginiaw Post author

      I don’t know that I’ll ever tick the “British” nationality box–I usually tick “White Other” which is also weird. Currently my brain is revolting and thinking of everything in dollars rather than pounds, and I can’t remember which side of the car to get into when I’m about to drive somewhere. Am I getting old or is it just a block? Who knows.

      1. Kate

        That’s just the American part of your brain being stubborn. No matter how hard I try, I just cannot give up my accent. 😀

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