I got a call yesterday from the British Consulate in Denver, asking when I wanted to come in and swear my oath. I went in today at lunch. It’s official. Yes that’s Kevin Lynch, the consul himself.
For those who’ve asked, no I did not have to sing “God Save the Queen” (although for good measure I had memorised the words), but I did have to recite, with my hand holding a bible:
I, David Kabal, swear by Almighty God that on becoming a British Citizen I will be fathful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her Heirs and Successors, according to law.
I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British Citizen.
I was offered the “areligious” version as an alternate, but declined.
For others, I was born in the 70s in Canada to a mother who was a British citizen (only) at the time. My mother was born near Liverpool. She did not register my birth to the Home Office prior to the law changing in 1980s (so, for example, my sister was AUTOMATICALLY a UK citizen, as she was born after 1983, so she just applied and got a passport), so I had to submit form UKM to the British Embassy in Washington (even though I’m Canadian, you submit where you reside). I was missing a long form birth certificate, which I quickly obtained. The embassy sent me e-mails to update me on the status, and then it went to the home office. The total processing time from application to oath (dates are approximate, from memory):
June 12 – FEDEX UKM to Washington (~$900) [pictures, Canada passport, my birth certificate, mother’s birth certificate, mother’s British passport]
June 17 – Asked for long form birth certificate (by e-mail, how modern!)
June 20 – Embassy received long form birth certificate
June 25 – Received notice that my documents were in order, and had been forwarded to the Home Office, but further processing would take up to 6 months.
September 2 – Call from Consulate to take Oath
September 3 – Took Oath ($100)
So by the time I get my passport, the total fees are about $1400, including courier charges.