An alien no more

Very soon — in just a couple hundred minutes — I will no longer be able to say that I’m an alien.

I’m being naturalized today.

I have’t been thinking too much about it. I applied for US citizenship when Duncan was 2 months old. I’ve driven back and forth to Buffalo a couple of times — once to be fingerprinted, the second for an interview and my English and civics tests. They gave me my naturalization ceremony date and it’s been on my “to do” list for this week.

I’ve known it’s coming up, but I haven’t really THOUGHT about it. I think I might get too nervous. I am, already.

Since we have to get on the road to get to the ceremony place (a school in Fairport), I don’t have the luxury of time to delve into my feelings. Nor do I really want to. What I will say is that whenever I did the PR for the naturalization ceremony held at RIT every year in early May, I always envisioned myself having my ceremony there too. But when the time came to choose, they’d already scheduled me for this one (which is a month earlier, too) and I’ve already been to 3 or 4 ceremonies in RIT’s Ingle Auditorium. Seems like it’s time for something new.

Although if I were at RIT, I could have gone for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream afterwards…

3 thoughts on “An alien no more

  1. Oh wow! Congratulations!! I had no idea you weren’t a citizen… where are you originally from? Be sure to post pics if you can! 🙂

  2. did u do it to get all those ads about citizenship and naturalization to pop up on the side of the page? You do realize that even if u leave the States you are now liable to pay tax on your Worldwide income? (so i seem to recall). I’d feel like a turncoat, but if it’s good for Duncan….

  3. I don’t think that’s how it works with US federal income tax. England, for instance, wouldn’t report my earnings to the US IRS. Plus it wouldn’t make sense for all the foreigners that are living overseas, having emigrated to other countries (like Stan in Barbados).

    It is good for Duncan, I think, for me to be a citizen and have all the rights and protection afforded by that.

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