My naturalization application was just denied.
Apparently I’ve traveled too much.
Last year I was out of the country 12 days longer than I was allowed. The government doesn’t like it. Apparently that meant I haven’t demonstrated physical presence and continuous residence requirements to be a US citizen. Which is kind of funny considering that I’ve been physically present in the US for most of the last 12 years.
One has to laugh at the irony of it all. There are many reasons why I was considering a US citizenship. One of them is the perk that all US citizens get to have: to travel with a US passport.
Having a US passport makes the world easier to explore. Right now it’s really hard for me to visit certain countries. Next to impossible really (in case you’re wondering why we don’t have plans to go to Western Europe). On the other hand, all Jack has to do is show up. In some cases maybe pay some reciprocity fees and he’s in. Some people like to complain about them. I wish all I had to do is pay some darn fees.
(Of course when I become a citizen, like a true American, I’ll be complaining about these fees.)
It costs $700 to apply, and about 20 hours of work involved (going to interviews, preparing paperwork, research, etc, etc). Can’t say I was excited to do this all over again.
But at the same time part of me was relieved.
I’ll have to abandon my birth citizenship if I adopt another since my birth country doesn’t allow dual citizenships. It feels a bit like turning my back on my roots and I’m not ready to do that just yet.
I’m glad I get to postpone that decision for another year.