Bring on the oaths!

An official letter was deposited on our doorstep yesterday.

Our government has decided to approve Beloved’s request for naturalization.


Photo by bayasaa under a Creative Commons License.


The process isn’t over yet. He’ll have to be invited to a ceremony and swear an oath, which will make him a citizen. After that, a passport will be made available to him.

We’re overjoyed to have the decision be favourable, obviously. We’re also really happy with the timing. The predicted timeline was six to eight months, but we got the good news only four months after filing the request. This gives us a lot of extra time for the process to obtain the greencard for me. We can file earlier and hopefully get the whole process over with early enough to leave us a few months to travel the world before settling down in Whicheveruniversitytown, USA.

Wicked, eh? Now I get to think about which countries we may want to go to.

A second passport for Beloved also the best possible insurance policy to many risks that come with emigration, because it means we can always travel back to a country in which we both know we can live and be happy. It means we can go live close to my family, should something happen to them. It significantly decreases the risk of the Beloved and I ever be separated by immigration authorities. It also increases the freedom to travel to places that.. may not look kindly upon entering the country with a US passport.

On a sentimental note, he can have his new passport say ‘spouse of smittenimmigrant’. Once I renew mine, it will certainly note – next to my unchanged maiden name – ‘spouse of Beloved’.

Photo by Jeff McNeill under a Creative Commons License.


6 Responses to “Bring on the oaths!”

  1. 1 Amanda August 23, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Hey congratulations, this is super good news 🙂 And I love that you can have that “spouse of —-” added in the passport…. since I haven’t come around to changing my name, almost 2 years in, not sure if i will one day…(since the change is not “official” anyway)

    • 2 thesmittenimmigrant August 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

      Yeah, it is such a funny thing you can only change your name symbolically, eh? I figured my life could do without the added confusion of multiple last names for different contexts.

      Thanks for the congratulations – we’re now waiting to be invited to the ceremony. I’m very curious!

  2. 3 Liekje August 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Congratulations! It must be such a relief to know you have a little more time for planning everything!

    • 4 thesmittenimmigrant August 29, 2012 at 7:11 am

      It certainly is! It is a lot less likely that the naturalization process will interfere with the visa procedure now. *yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayy*

  3. 5 Daria August 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Congrats, that is such wonderful news!!! One down, one to go.

    • 6 thesmittenimmigrant August 29, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Thank you 🙂 Beloved refuses to do any celebrating yet (governments are wily, he says, so he’s waiting until he has the papers in hand), but I figured I should just be happy that the process went so fast.

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