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?)
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.