I'm British!

Discussion in 'Community' started by miloblithe, May 3, 2005.

  1. miloblithe macrumors 68020

    miloblithe

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    I just went over to the British embassy here in Washington and affirmed my allegiance to the Queen this morning, and now I'm a British citizen. I got me a certificate and everything.
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Will you be decamping for the old sod immediately, or will you pay a visit to us colonials first? :D

    Seriously, what was the motivation, other than the opportunity to pay higher taxes? Family? Work? An affinity for Corgis?
     
  4. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    You're an American living in Washington D.C., but your now a Brit living in the U.S. I'm confused. :confused:
     
  5. scem0 macrumors 604

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  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Actually, that would be a Chimpanzee, which is an Ape, not a Monkey.


    Anyway, an interesting turn. Is this a change of allegiance or a re-affirmation.
     
  7. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Um, so why is this a good thing? Were you British at one point or are you parents British but you weren't?

    Sounds like fun, though.

    Congrats!

    D
     
  8. miloblithe thread starter macrumors 68020

    miloblithe

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    No no. My mother was born in England and has British citizenship, although she hasn't lived there since about 1948. Because she's British, I automatically recieve British citizenship if I bother to apply for it (and pay through the nose for it--in total $370 or so). I'm a dual citizen now. I didn't renounce my US citizenship or anything.

    The motivation is that dual citizenship offers a number of opportunities, most importantly to work in England and anywhere in the EU. Another motivation was the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November , and the previous first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and, I fear, upcoming Tuesdays in November. In the long run, I might prefer to be European (to the extent I could ever be, given that I will always be an American). I like being in Europe and I have a lot of relatives and friends there.
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    ah okay, thats cool, and i totally understand your reasoning behind it as well. congrats!
     
  10. roadapple macrumors regular

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    Lately I have been thinking about how valuable my US citizenship is. Is it measurable? Maybe 20 years of earnings? Guess it depends on what the alternative is.

    While I have great respect for many nations (Canada/GB), and of course have many criticisms of my own, I could never fathom taking an oath to another nation.
     
  11. Guitarius macrumors 6502a

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    I wish I were British. Hell. I wish I was anywhere but where I'm at. I ****ing hate Louisiana.
     
  12. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    You lucky bastard! Grrr! Why oh why is there only a one generational limit?

    Anyway, if you want your children to have British citizenship make sure they're born in the UK.
     
  13. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    So... will you get the chance to vote tomorrow? :D
     
  14. skunk macrumors G4

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    Many congratulations! It may have taken over 200 years for you to realize the folly of your earlier decision, but better late than never. Don't waste your vote! :D

    Have a cup of tea to celebrate!
     
  15. garybUK Guest

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    At least the hospital will be free.....
     
  16. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Congrats... I don't recall ever affirming my allegiance to the Queen unless I did it while signing my passport applications.

    Have a toasted crumpet with your tea!
     
  17. miloblithe thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm not exactly sure where my local polling station is...

    No. I'm not registered to vote. I don't even know how that works. I don't have a passport yet either (It'll take about a month to process), just a certificate that says 'citizen'.
     
  18. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a dual citizen. So I half like America. Half of me would die for this country.
     
  19. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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  20. miloblithe thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I once renewed my drivers license in Washington on a day when the Department of Motor Vehicles' computers were down.

    Man that was a fun day.
     
  21. Nickygoat macrumors 6502a

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    There's a reason for that ;)
     
  22. drewyboy macrumors 6502a

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    eBay..

    I wonder if I could sell my citizenship on eBay... lol, jk. I think America is good enough for me. But seriouslly, weird things sell on ebay. :rolleyes:
     
  23. virividox macrumors 601

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    iv been in the uk for almost 2 years...if theres one thing brits are good at its queing :D

    so orderly...
     
  24. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    That's one thing the Dutch should learn to do.
     
  25. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Unless it's for a bus in Central London where it's a free for all... ;)

    I'd say as a country we were better at whingeing*... :eek:

    Interesting - OS X's spellchecker says I've spelt whingeing wrong but that's how the OS X Dictionary app wants me to do it
     

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