Posted by episode81 on March 25, 2010
I have been quite forthright about my Britishness. However, it has become increasingly clear that I will probably never go back and live in the UK. Trips back to the UK have highlighted the rich vein of cynicism that runs through everything, and I can’t wait to leave, even before I touch down at LHR.
Anywho, I digress …
Becoming a US citizen has never really appealed – filing tax returns no matter where I am in the world and jury duty. Not very compelling.
The upside – voting. I was appalled when Prop 8 passed. I wish I could have voted. I started thinking about citizenship, but I was bogged down by the requirement to list every trip outside the USA since I arrived in 1996! It took a while and a bunch of head scratching to come up with the dates. It turns out that I have been out of the USA for 389 days since 1996.
In early December, I applied for American citizenship.
In January, I went into San Francisco so that the FBI (!) could get a copy of my fingerprints.
In February, I returned to San Francisco for my interview and civics test. I passed.
Having been judged as having Good Moral Character, I was invited to Oakland for the Citizenship Ceremony. Oakland. Really. I had envisioned one of the grand old(ish) buildings in San Francisco and not the rather brassy-looking Paramount Theater in Oakland.
However, all was not lost. Inside, the Paramount Theater is somewhat less brassy than the outside, albeit a little too close to Vegas for my tastes.
As of today, call me Citizen Lisa 🙂