6.03.2010

we are canadian citizens!!!!!!!

Received in today's mail:
NOTICE TO APPEAR:
TO TAKE THE OATH OF CITIZENSHIP

Please appear on 10 June 2010 4:00 pm

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

51 comments:

redsock said...

FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

tim said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

CONGRATS!!!!!!!

I'll put together a congratulatory gift basket, featuring Timbits, Canadian Beer and Whiskey, Tragically Hip CDs and French Fries with vinegar on them!!!!!

That is AWESOME!!!!!

redsock said...

How in the hell did you get in before me?!?!?

tim said...

It's cause I'm Canadian.

nick said...

You're so close to becoming The Other. Congrats! I bet that gift basket would be awesome. I'm gonna make you sit down and listen to every Frantics skit ever recorded.

johngoldfine said...

That's wonderful. Now you can forget everything you don't want to know about Vimy Ridge and the Queen.

Benjamin said...

Grats.

They love you. They really love you.

redsock said...

Now you can forget everything you don't want to know about ... the Queen.

Yep. Right after we swear our true allegiance to her Majesty.

The full text:

"I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen."

redsock said...

For the curious, the U.S. Oath:

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

L-girl said...

Oh come on, I've been The Other all my life. That's why I gave up and moved to Canada!

I'm gonna make you sit down and listen to every Frantics skit ever recorded.

Get in line. James? :)

Amy said...

Yay for both of you!!! Now, could you please make sure that Quebec stops sending smoke to New England??

:) Very happy for you. What a long haul it has been!

Scott M. said...

Congratulations!

Too bad you can't delay it until July 1st...

Could you call and ask?

Northern Girl said...

Fantastic news.

Congratulations!

I don't think I know anything about Vimy Ridge.

teddymac said...

Congratulations!!!!!

JimBobby said...

I was a landed immigrant (from US) for more than 30 years before becoming a citizen. The oath of allegiance to a blueblood and her heirs and successors was what held me back. A few years ago, disgust with Dubya pushed me over the brink and I stood up and swore fealty to the Queen of Canada.

M. Yass said...

Congratulations!

I hope to be joining you as a Canadian citizen in the not-too-distant future.

L-girl said...

Too bad you can't delay it until July 1st...

Could you call and ask?


LOL, call CIC and ask them to DELAY something. What a riot.

June 10 works fine for me. Three days before my birthday. We can celebrate both on June 14.

L-girl said...

I was a landed immigrant (from US) for more than 30 years before becoming a citizen. The oath of allegiance to a blueblood and her heirs and successors was what held me back.

I can understand that, but I decided I'm not going to let a little symbolism be an obstacle to full participation. I want to vote, I want a passport, I want to call myself a New Canadian. The Queen is only a symbol, like a flag or an anthem.

Glad you finally took the plunge.

James said...

Congratulations! Your poutine is in the mail. :)

redsock said...

More about the USA Oath (from wiki):

In some cases, the USCIS allows the oath to be taken without the clauses regarding the bearing of arms and performance of noncombatant military service.

8 C.F.R. 337.1 provides that the phrase "so help me God" is optional and that the words "on oath" can be substituted with "and solemnly affirm". Also, if the prospective citizen can prove such commitments are in violation with his or her religion, the lines "that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform non-combatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by law" are sometimes omitted.

[U]nder the Administrative Procedure Act, USCIS could theoretically change the text of the oath at any time, so long as the new text reasonably meets the "five principles" mandated by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1953. These principles are:

* allegiance to the United States Constitution,

* renunciation of allegiance to any foreign country to which the immigrant has had previous allegiances to

* defense of the Constitution against enemies "foreign and domestic"

* promise to serve in the United States Armed Forces when required by law (either combat or non-combat)

* promise to perform civilian duties of "national importance" when required by law

loribeth said...

Congratulations!

Scott M. said...

Really? You don't think whoever you talked to at CIC would be unwilling to try and accommodate you?

L-girl said...

Scott, what I meant was that everything surrounding immigrating to Canada and becoming a citizen has involved a tremendous amount of waiting. On the one thing that happened quickly, I am not going to ask for a delay! :)

Mike said...

Congrats! I am really really happy for you!

West End Bob said...

VERY, VERY cool!

BIG congrats ! ! ! !

burbaget said...

I was born in Britain and moved to Canada. I went through the entire process of citizenship. It was tiresome, but then I remember getting that letter.

Trust me, when you do take the Oath, it's an emotional experience. I did not expect to feel the way I did, but felt very moved after completing the oath, looking around the room, and seeing a melting pot of people from all over the planet with tears in their eyes.

I'm not a very nationalistic person, and find it odd that a British National needs to pledge allegiance to the Queen,.. but none the less a proud moment.

Great/ interesting blog, welcome to the club.

M@ said...

So you guys passed the test then? Phew! :)

Seriously, congratulations!

L-girl said...

Thank you everyone!! :)

Burbaget, I'm sure you mean that it was an emotional experience for you, and you wouldn't presume to know what would be an emotional experience for someone else.

It was a very emotional experience for my partner and I when we our immigration apps were accepted, and we are thrilled to become citizens. That will indeed be emotional.

The oath itself, however, is quite distasteful to me, both in terms of a monarchy and in terms of asking someone who chose this country to swear a loyalty not required of those who are Canadian through accident of birth.

Perhaps as a British subject, the monarchy means something very different to you than it does to me.

L-girl said...

To be clear, there will almost certainly be tears in my eyes that day. It's been a long road and this feels like a great accomplishment. That's quite apart from this silly oath.

burbaget said...

Hi L-girl

I can totally understand you feeling that way. This is probably bad but like most Britains, I am quite indifferent to the Monarchy.

The emotion for me was not attached to any swearing of allegiance,but rather being amongst a group of people finally realising citizenship in the country they choose to live in.

So I should re-word and say,.. the moment the officer said, "you are now Canadian citizens" was the moving and emotional part as I looked around the room. The swearing allegiance to the Queen bit to me is just silly, and somewhat meaningless, although I did not really find it offensive. It just seems to be for the sake of doing something Commonwealthy,...so until we are a republic, we will have to put up with the old bat on our coins and in our traditions :)

That is just my point of view however, and I can see why it would be offensive.

In any case, Congrats!

L-girl said...

Thanks, Burbaget. No, not offensive, no problem at all. I just think it's a good idea for all of us to avoid the assumption that other people will necessarily share our feelings.

I do think that no matter how indifferent any Brit is to the monarchy, there still must be a difference between how a Brit feels and how a USian, especially a political person like me, would feel.

But regardless, I'm very excited about becoming officially Canadian - as you can see by this post! Thanks for your good wishes!

westcoastsox said...

Mazel tov!

deang said...

Woo hoo! So happy for you.

Ferdzy said...

All right! Wonderful news! CONGRATULATIONS to you both.

impudent strumpet said...

Congrats!!!! (And that was FAST between the test and the oath!)

Fun fact: your citizenship ceremony date is the 7th anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ontario. So this just makes the date all the more awesome!

Mike said...

Congratulations soon to be fellow citizens and so fast too. How'd that happen?

arturo said...

omg L I feel like I want to cry!

Kim_in_TO said...

Yay!

geek guy said...

Congratulations!
WOW! :)!!!!!!!!!!.

Scott M. said...

Congratulations soon to be fellow citizens and so fast too. How'd that happen?

Hmm... Maybe it didn't. Maybe this is a ruse -- are you sure there's a ceremony there at that time? Maybe they're going to grab you and expel you from the country!

Now you've done it...

L-girl said...

Maybe this is a ruse -- are you sure there's a ceremony there at that time? Maybe they're going to grab you and expel you from the country!

Well, if Jason Kenney is there, I'm definitely wearing my WAR RESISTERS WELCOME HERE t-shirt for the swearing in. The joke around the war resisters campaign is that I'll be the first person to gain citizenship and be deported on the same day. :)

****

Thank you, everyone, so very much for your congrats and good wishes.

It was super fast between the test and the oath! We don't know why or how that happened.

Perhaps they say "2-3 months" as the worst case scenario for people they want to check out further. Or perhaps the CIC person meant 2-3 weeks and misspoke! The swearing-in will be 2 weeks exactly after the test.

Sarah said...

Felicitations!

Great, great way to start the summer.

richard said...

10 June. Got that? Not June 10.

I love our quirky Canadian ways of putting things :-)

Congratulations!

impudent strumpet said...

Oops, Sarah's right:

Félicitations et bienvenue!

geek guy said...

WAR RESISTERS WELCOME HERE
do not do that if he is there
it may tern out bad!! :(.

L-girl said...

Are you kidding? We ONLY want to do it if he is there? You can't seriously think he's going to deny my citizenship because of what t-shirt I'm wearing, do you? I don't think that would cast his government in a very good light. :)

redsock said...

That would be a great news story! If he's there, I can only hope he's dumb enough to do it!!!

L-girl said...

He's totally not.

My second ? above was supposed to be a ! .

ErinOrtlund said...

Congratulations! Hopefully we will start the process next year.

geek guy said...

I dont trust the guy at all
I would not test it !

If this was any other government at any other time ... what the hell but not this one not with this PMO!!!.

L-girl said...

A legal permanent resident completes all the steps required for citizenship, is called to take an oath, and a Minister denies them their citizenship card because he disagrees with the view expressed on their t-shirt.

It has nothing to do with our "trust" for Jason Kenney - also nothing to do with the PMO.

Anyway, enough of this silliness.