Well, citizenship application is in. Now, the wait.
@firstname.lastname@example.org where are you seeking to call home? My application for US citizenship took a little over a year.
Ah, the UK, I see. All this time I figured you were Brit. It’s now I realise you were (are) originally a Canuck! :-)
@bender Mate, even I find it hard to believe I’m not legit yet. Well, six months, at most, to go, fingers crossed.
Been over ten years now: exemption visa (ending 2013) ⇨ visitor visa ⇨ charity worker visa ⇨ charity worker visa extension (until early 2015) ⇨ fiancé visa ⇨ spousal visa / start of the ‘five year route’ ⇨ halfway point check-in (plus fees, obvs; 2017) ⇨ indefinite leave to remain visa ⇨ ? (citizenship 🤞)
@email@example.com I once heard the UK immigration process was hellishly long. You have proved it now. In the States, once you get a Permanent Residence, you wait five years, and can apply for naturalisation. I understand, though, that getting into the country legally, and obtaining that Permanent Residence to start with, can be quite hard.
@firstname.lastname@example.org Ah, right. To be fair, I haven’t gone the most direct route; comes from meeting your partner partway through and testing out the waters, as it were. ;)
I remember when doing this process with my wife. During the halfway point we brought all sorts of documentation to show commingling of assets and showing we had “built a life together” .. we get to the interview and they just ask if we have a Costco card together. :|
good luck to you!