Passport Woes

On March 27, 1997, at the age of sixteen and after fourteen years of residency I became a naturalized citizen of the United States. At that time I was sworn in and forced to renounce my natural born British citizenship. That annoyed me, but I didn’t have much of a choice. Since then I’ve obtained a US passport in preparation for international travel but alas, I have yet to go anywhere outside of the country.

So with the formulation of the European Union (EU), I see a great number of advantages of retaining my British citizenship (even though I had to renounce it in from the US INS official). Two great possibilities emerge from this: (1) I can live wherever I want so long as the nation is a member of the EU, and (2) I can work freely without too much hassle in any EU country. Recently, I’ve really wanted this opportunity to perhaps study in a European country or even live somewhere new before beginning my “real life.” Furthermore, if the US keeps upsetting every foreign country it might not be a bad idea to travel under British rule because some place just don’t like Americans. So in my quest to assure I’ll be able to I went on a UK passport information finding hunt. What I’ve found makes it all kinds of difficult unless I’m actually in England. Despite needing to be there, I need to furnish my birth certificate and other documents. The birth certificate is easy but I don’t have a UK medical card or driver’s license, and forget about me having a National Insurance card. I did find out that I am an official British Citizen by birthright since I was a citizen prior to December 31, 1982.

One crazy requirement can also imposed on the applicant and his (and I say his because being male apparently has an advantage) family. If one was born after January 1, 1983, a person cannot claim citizenship from one’s mother, but is it ok to claim it from one’s father? I don’t get it.

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