And… exhale.

With possibly the most important bag of stuff ever, I arrived at the local registrar’s office early and organised. (Yes, you’re still reading the blog of Jen Dixon, not some freakishly productive individual. I just like to prove my ability to function well now and then.)
So now it’s just a matter of time before I find out my status in the naturalisation process as I document and pay my way towards UK citizenship. It’s a complex, long, and expensive journey and it never fails to amaze me that there are people who think it is too easy to obtain a British passport. It’s not easy and it’s expensive. Rightly so. Today I gave Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead £60.00 and Home Office £720.00. (We’ve spent more than a couple of grand on this whole process, easily.)

So now I can breathe a bit. The RBWM documentation and identity check went fine, so there shouldn’t be any obvious snags between now and acceptance. Feels good. I’m looking forward to the right to vote in the country in which I reside and to obtaining a British passport. I’m eager to be able to say I am a citizen of the United Kingdom just as I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America. Going through the process of voting in the last US elections (as an overseas voter) and the journey towards naturalisation in the UK has produced a greater appreciation for cultural knowledge and the importance and privilege of citizenship. It probably sounds hokey, but I feel delightfully patriotic today.

8 thoughts on “And… exhale.”

  1. Yeah… £720. Other bits we’ve paid for along the way have been £500 and £900+, etc… Visas are pricey! And if you want the Home Office to meet with you instead of you sending stuff in (which is why we were close to a grand on one of the visits) they charge a couple of hundred quid more. It’s nuts. Then there’s the professional studio passport photos they require for the Indefinite Leave to Remain (no £4 photo booth will do for that) then you’ve got fees beyond what HO can factor in for you. Not to mention travel expenses, days off to attend things, parking, etc…

    Saying all that, I am glad it’s not cheap and easy, but I’m sure it’s prohibitively expensive for some people. We waited two years from my ILR status just to make sure we’ve consistently got enough money in the bank for it all and not cut into our other expenses. We could’ve done it sooner, but it was never a top priority since I got ILR. Now that we travel more, it just makes sense to get it done.

    And thank you DP– you’d let me even though I don’t take milk in my tea? 😉

  2. Hi Jen,

    I just found you on Fuel My Blog.
    I’m going through the process now of getting my son his British passport. He’s half British and it is still costing me $200. No complaints though, could be worse, but it’s a stressful process. Lots of documentation required and co-signer.

  3. Hello Smitten by Britain! Welcome and hooray for FMB! 😀

    Hope everything goes smoothly for you and your son. I’m not sure how much my British passport will cost (haven’t looked at that pricing yet) but I’ll be really happy to stop applying for things so frequently! 🙂

  4. I too found the immigration process difficult, but definitely worth it. I love being able to vote and having my British passport made me feel much more secure and genuine. Granted this was in 2004, so I expect the fees have increased since then.

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