I'm British!

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.
 

Mr. Anderson

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miloblithe said:
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.
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
 

miloblithe

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PlaceofDis said:
is that all you have to do?!?
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.
 

PlaceofDis

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

roadapple

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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.
 

skunk

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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!
 

garybUK

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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.
At least the hospital will be free.....
 

Applespider

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miloblithe said:
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.
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!
 

miloblithe

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Jaffa Cake said:
So... will you get the chance to vote tomorrow? :D
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'.
 

_bnkr612

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

drewyboy

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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:
 

Applespider

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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...
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