it’s definite, I have indefinite

As of today, and after spending four hours at the Home Office in Croydon with a mountain of paperwork, I can remain in the UK indefinitely. April has been one of the most stressful months in recent memory and I’m very glad it’s coming to a close. We’ve moved house, I’ve passed the Home Office Life in the UK test (required for my settlement visa), and finally, qualified and received my indefinite leave to remain endorsement. Yowsa. Phwew. Exhale.

Next step: citizenship. I’m gonna do it, but I’ve got time on my side for that. Let’s at least get the month of May over with first… 😉

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10 thoughts on “it’s definite, I have indefinite”

  1. Congrats – it took me AGES to get my indefinite – wound up getting my MP to sort it out and it went to the houses of parlaiment. The home office just stuck my file in storage for over 2 years and forgot about it.

    Be careful about the citizenship though. The US govt can, although its rare, revoke your US citizenship if they find out that you have declared allegiance to another country via citizenship.

    Most of the time they will just ignore a dual citizen, but it is a possibility.

    I suppose that you don’t have a desire to serve in the US military, so I don’t think there are any other reprocutions (sp).

    Just make sure that when you go through immigration checks at airports and the like, don’t mention dual citizenship to a US customs officer. Goodness knows they only need an excuse to show how manly and powerful they are LOL.

    Also, I recently found out that I have to file US taxes every year, as do all of us yanks, so if you haven’t been filing, drop me a like and I will give you the details on how to file without having to pay 🙂

  2. Thanks for the advice Geneva! Yeah, the interview today was long and gruelling, but over and done. Neil and I are so happy! We like to joke that his “email order bride is paid for now!” 😀
    Thanks for the heads up on taxes but I think I’ve got that squared away. I have an accountant in the US that’s been really good for me so far.

    BTW- (not to be ADD about it) but the invitations look good for your wedding! Love the colours!

  3. @Jason: LOL! ToeMahto was one of the first words I picked up here! I’m just (pardon the pun) branching out to plahnts now… hee hee! 🙂

  4. Congratulations. Bad luck that you ended up coming in just after they introduced the test. Beth didn’t have to take the test, although she will if she goes for citizenship. We had one visit queueing up in Croydon, and then about five minutes at the desk whilst they checked the paperwork, then it all turned up in the post a few weeks later.

    Oddly enough we’ve not bothered with going on for British Citizenship – mainly because it seemed a lot of money to spend (current fee is ¬¨¬£655) when indefinite leave gives pretty well everything except the British passport.

  5. Thank you Richard! Yes, citizenship will wait a bit since there’s no rush. I want it to be able to vote in elections and to have the British passport convenience, but as I say, no rush. I’m surprised the cost is less than the ILR/settlement! To do what I just did, it’s ¬¨¬£750 by post and ¬¨¬£950 in person (the second option being what we did since we had to prove the house move with limited paperwork – complexity=mo’ money).

    The test wasn’t bad, in fact both of the agents I saw at the Home Office said “You finished the test in less than six minutes?” Yup. I had 40 minutes to spare… I studied my ass off. I actually felt cheated and wanted more questions! lol

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