• British Citizenship Ceremony

    British Citizenship Ceremony

    It’s official! I’m finally a British citizen. Last week, I attended my British citizenship ceremony, the last and final step of this long journey. Earlier in January, I received the letter stating I’ve been approved as a Brit. To make it official, attendance at a ceremony is obligatory. It’s a very simple and straightforward ceremony, similar to when graduating from University I guess. I had no idea what to expect before hand, except I knew I’d have to give the Oath or affirmation of allegiance and take the Pledge. I also knew a certificate is handed out at the end to make it all official. It’s an expensive piece of…

  • GESE Grade 5 Exam

    Passing the GESE Grade 5 Exam

    It’s time for a UK citizenship update. After passing the ‘Life in the UK’ test I was really happy and ready to fill in the citizenship application form. Reading up on what I need to fill in and attach to the form, I realised I had to take a GESE Grade 5 exam to prove my English skills. I had heard about an English exam previously but assumed since I am a qualified English teacher, I wouldn’t have to take it. I WAS WRONG! Everyone who isn’t from an English speaking country or hasn’t graduated with a degree or masters in an English speaking country has to take the exam.…

  • Life in the UK test

    Life in the UK Test | How it Works

    I thought it’s time to write an update to my “How to apply for UK citizenship” post. The other day I finally took the ‘Life in the UK’ test and I passed! I’m happy to say I did so on my first attempt but on my second visit to the test centre. I went a couple of weeks prior but I got rejected taking the test because I didn’t bring the right proof of address. The other day when I went it happened to another person wanting to take the test so I thought I’d write a post about how to make sure you’re prepared and eligible to take the…

  • Applying for UK citizenship

    The Process of Becoming a British Citizen

    It’s not a secret. If you read my blog regularly, you know that one of my goals for 2017 is to become a UK citizen. I’ve shared the New Years resolution as a pinned tweet on my Twitter profile as well. Finally, I’ve taken the first out of five steps towards the application but it’s not an easy process so I thought I’d share how to apply for UK citizenship in this post. I know there are others out there who are as confused by the UK governments website on how to apply as I am so hopefully this guide will be useful. As mentioned, applying for UK citizenship is…