G’day, Mate, I’m Canadian!…Eh!

IMG_0488I received a surprise letter in the snail mail box last week — my Canadian citizenship application was granted and I was to swear my oath on December 18th.

This was a surprise because the process had been super-fast.  Most citizenship applications take 18 months to work their way through the system, but I applied in early 2015, and here I was, at the end of it, being naturalized.

The other nice thing about the letter was the date of the swearing-in ceremony, which would take place while my mum was here.

So I took my oath of citizenship on Friday afternoon.  I am now officially an Australian Canadian…and I have a certificate that says so.  🙂

Since 2002, Australia has been allowing dual citizenship with countries that permit it, too.  So I get the double whammy to fill in every time I reach the field that asks for my nationality.  🙂  It’s a bit like my last name:  There’s never enough room in the box to fit it all in!

From now on, thanks to the NAFTA Agreement, I no longer have to be photographed and fingerprinted every time I visit the US.  That will be nice!

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6 Comments

  1. Dina Bushrod December 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    That’s super terrific, so happy for you and that your Mom was there as well. May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.

    • Tracy December 23, 2015 at 5:43 am

      Thanks, Dina:

      It’s been a remarkable Christmas so far! I can’t see the rest of it being anything but great!

      Cheers,

      t.

  2. Margaret December 23, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Tracy, how wonderful!!! My family and I spent three of some of the best years of our lives living in Toronto, so I’m just the tiniest bit envious. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

    • Tracy December 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks Margaret!

      I also, purely by coincidence, ended up living in the best province in Canada — not that I am biased at all, but the Canadian Rockies are really hard to argue with!

      Cheers

      t.

  3. Brandi January 7, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Congratulations!!!

    Welcome from a fellow Canadian. I love that our countries allow you to maintain a dual citizenship. What a change of weather for you for sure! My cousin has done the opposite and found the love of her life down under.

    Congratulations again!

    • Tracy January 8, 2016 at 7:30 am

      Hi Brandi:

      I *love* winter here. I used to suffer through Australian summers, which seemed to last all year long. And I love and adore wearing boots and coats and hats and gloves….

      Where is your cousin living now? Bet it’s not on my side of Australia! (very few people go there!)

      Cheers,

      Tracy

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