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!