For UKSolicitorJA only
I have some more questions related to our thread.
1. From old US census records I uncovered, I found that my mother was apparently naturalized as a US citizen sometime between the ages of 9 and 19 (1921 - 1931). This doesn't present any difficulties for my application does it? (FYI - She always told me she had dual citizenship.)
2. In the application form for British citizenship, the Home Office asks the applcant's mother's (and father's) "nationality" on one line, and on another line asks for how the mother's British "citizenship" was obtained. In my case her citizenship is clearly by birth in Lincolnshire (BTW - I have now received a certified copy of her birth record from the Home Office), but how should I fill in the nationality line? Just "British," "Dual British/United States," or some other phrasing?
3. It turns out that I can probably obtain a so-called duplicate or second US passport. As I understand it, this is essentially a new passport, with a different number from one's original, that doesn't contain all the previous stamps, endorsements, etc. Would such a passport be acceptable to the Home Office for my application. For your reference, I also have Japanese right of permanent residence, which is stamped in my current passport along with the related Japanese "re-entry permit." Since I need to go back and forth between Guam and Japan several times a year for business, etc., not having this passport for 3 - 6 months creates some problems for me, and so it would definitely be better for me if a second passport could be used for the UK citizenship application. On the other hand, the citizenship application takes priority, and if it is any way preferable from the Home Office's standpoint, I will bite the bullet and use that one.
4. Can one usually arrange for the citizenship ceremony to be performed in an overseas embassy of the UK? As Guam has no UK embassy or consulate, Manila would probbly be best for me. Any foreseeable problems with that?
5. Am I correct that I would need to separately apply for a passport once the citizenship is granted? Can this application be made at the UK embassy in the Philippines?
6. If I am successful in obtaining UK citizenship and once I have the passport, my wife(US passport holder, as you may recall) and I intend to move to the UK to establish residency. Do I need to make any special application before doing so, or can I just freely enter with my new passport (and perhaps citizenship document)?
7. Will my wife need to make any special application before we go, or should she enter on tourist status and make her application for settlement status after our arrival?
Thank you very much! I am looking forward to seeing your answers.
- David Morris