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.