5.27.2010

citizenship test today!

Allan and I are taking the test writing the exam for citizenship today. We've been scoring 90% or 100% on all our practice tests, so it shouldn't be too much of an ordeal.

According to Wikipedia:
The test lasts for 30 minutes and contains 20 multiple choice questions. Applicants for citizenship must answer at least 60%, or 12 questions, correctly in order to pass the test. They must also answer correctly the first two questions, both of which deal with the electoral system. The failure rate on the citizenship test is low; in 2008, approximately 4% of the 145,000 test takers failed.

I have no idea how long it will be until we are called for a swearing-in ceremony. Reports vary widely.

There has been much merriment in our home and among my Campaign friends about the "special test" the CIC will have waiting for us today. One question, pass/fail. "Name every Leader of the Opposition beginning with Confederation..." Fail? You're deported!

We've also been imagining a swearing-in ceremony where half the spectators are wearing WAR RESISTERS WELCOME HERE t-shirts and holding signs saying "Jason Kenney Stop The Deportations". Dale said I'd be the first person sworn in and deported on the same day.

Seriously though, Ms CIC Spy, I'm thrilled to become a citizen of Canada. You can tell them all that: "She hates the government, but she loves the country."

25 comments:

Amy said...

Good luck to you both! Canada's gain is the USA's loss... (Do you get to keep dual citizenship? Will you? Does that mean you could vote in both places?)

L-girl said...

Thanks Amy! The USA lost me a long time ago, so we're good there. :)

We will be dual citizens, yes. I'm not sure if I will give up my US citizenship or not.

I can vote in the US but I do not. I last voted in the US in 2004, but never will again. There's a post about it in the archives somewhere.

Amy said...

Yeah, I know. I wish you all the best, but keep your US passport just so you can get back in without TOO much of a hassle at the border. :)

johngoldfine said...

Break a leg!

James said...

Have fun! :)

L-girl said...

Some old links on not voting in the US anymore:

2006

Alison Bechdel

L-girl said...

keep your US passport just so you can get back in without TOO much of a hassle at the border

Exactly. That's the only reason to keep my US citizenship. Although the way things are going, it might be easier to get in with a Canadian passport.

M@ said...

Yeah, I laughed a bit at the idea that your US passport did anything to assist you crossing the border. You might as well have a Mexican passport for all the good it's done for you.

Best of luck today, though I know neither of you needs it.

The Mound of Sound said...

I wonder how many Canadians born here could pass that test?

Northern Girl said...

I'm so excited for you! Best of luck - I'm certain you will both pass. All I can say is "it's about time".

Let us know what the "special" test was ;)

West End Bob said...

You two have probably already aced the exam by now since I'm on PDT - Congrats ! ! ! !

redsock said...

Bob: Nope. It's 1:47 now and the test is at 4:00.

L-girl said...

I wonder how many Canadians born here could pass that test?

I'm sure many adults would fail. School children would probably do better, as that's when you learn a lot of this stuff.

Snallygaster said...

Good luck!

fern hill said...

After living in Canada as a 'landed immigrant' (recovering Merkin too) for over 40 years, I decided to become Canadian. I studied like crazy for that test. Well, I hadn't taken any kind of test for about 25 years. When I read the first (multiple choice) question, I freaked. I must be misreading! I read the next one and freaked some more. I read the rest.

And finally calmed down. Yes. It really was a snap. Took me about one minute to do it, not counting the freak-out time.

You'll ace it.

Scott M. said...

And? And???

deang said...

Congratulations and good luck!

Skinny Dipper said...

I wish you both the best. If you get stuck on a question, I wonder if you get to phone a friend or copy off a fifth grader.

M. Yass said...

@Fern Hill: "When I read the first (multiple choice) question, I freaked. I must be misreading! I read the next one and freaked some more. I read the rest.

And finally calmed down. Yes. It really was a snap. Took me about one minute to do it, not counting the freak-out time."

That's what happens to me every time I take a test no matter how well prepared I am. My first thought when I see the questions is, "WTF? I don't know anything about any of this shit!" As time goes on and I start working on the questions, it tends to come back to me fairly quickly.

@Laura: I'm sure you did fine and you'll be swearing an oath to support and defend HMTQ (or, as I call her, Betty) in no time at all.

Northern Girl said...

Has anyone heard from L-Girl and Redsock since 4.00pm yesterday?

I’m sure the test went well – did you meet Ms CIC Spy? Did she like your WAR RESISTERS WELCOME HERE t-shirt?

Or did they give you the special test after all naming all the leaders of the opposition since McD and now CIC has deported you :)

L-girl said...

Fern Hill, thanks for sharing that. I had forgotten you are a former USian, too.

Northern Girl, I'm saving the t-shirt for my swearing in.

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. :)

tornwordo said...

Wow it's different now. When I was summoned to take the test, we were interviewed and sworn in as citizens right then and there. No waiting between the test taking and the ceremony.

I remember being so nervous about the test, having crammed all the dates and prime ministers etc only to find the test ridiculously easy. I think I was done in 2 minutes, lol.

Good luck! I'm sure you're in, unless Harper sics his thugs on you : )

tornwordo said...

Oh, now that I've read the comments, I want to add that I have kept both citizenships. Be careful though when entering the US because you MUST present your US passport and you're not supposed to travel with two at the same time. I have been asked by US authorities to prove how I am going to be able to reenter Canada and for that I show my Citizenship card (which you'll get). I do have a Canadian passport though, I just hide it in my stuff.

If I have to choose, there's no question that I'd choose Canada. I think the only reason I keep the US citizenship is that I want to get (however little) the social security payments when I'm old. I haven't researched it but I assume you lose that if you renounce.

L-girl said...

Thanks, Tornwordo. The immigration/citizenship system is always changing. I try to explain this to people who write me for advice - I applied 7 years ago at this point - but no one believes me!

Be careful though when entering the US because you MUST present your US passport and you're not supposed to travel with two at the same time.

Hm, interesting. I was advised to always travel with both, just in case. I will have to check it out further.

If I have to choose, there's no question that I'd choose Canada. I think the only reason I keep the US citizenship is that I want to get (however little) the social security payments when I'm old. I haven't researched it but I assume you lose that if you renounce.

I assume that, too. However, I'm also under the impression that whatever you get from the US will be deducted from your Canadian payments, so would you really end up ahead?

I'm in no rush to renounce my citizenship, if I ever decide to do so. It's possible that by doing so, I could be flagged as inadmissible and have trouble visiting my family. I'd rather not find out.

tornwordo said...

Good point. I may have to pop into Service Canada this week to find out. I work in the same building so it shouldn't be that hard. I'll let you know what I come up with.