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!