Yessiree-indeedilydo! I have received a letter from Home Office UK Border Agency inviting me to attend a ceremony to complete my journey to British Citizenship!
I have arranged the ceremony, and so next week I shall be a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. Soon — likely in the new year or sooner — I will apply for a UK/EU passport. Feels great!
It’s been a long and expensive road to get to this point. I’ve been filling out forms, attending interviews, getting photographed, witnesses, and recalling dates and times since 2004. The expense? I haven’t tallied it up properly, but it’s more than £2000* just in forms, applications, and appointments. One of the appointments was just under £1000 alone (it was in-person at the Home Office), and so I know that Visas and other pieces of the puzzle have probably pushed that final amount up another £1000.
I’m not complaining though. I think it should be expensive. I think it should be hard. I think it should be difficult to pass the questions, tests, and interviews. It’s a serious thing to become a citizen and it should be challenging. There are times I’ve worried, sweated, even cried, but here I am and it’s almost finalised.
I feel like I can breathe better now. I feel like it’s my country as much as anybody’s. I feel good.
*Was just thinking about it, and it’s probably closer to £3000… egad!