A recent post that I received through the feedback form left me scratching my head slightly, until I realised what the source of the confusion was. A long-term Briton living in Vienna (arrived pre-2006) with an Austrian spouse and children was looking for a solution akin to “indefinite leave to remain” rather than naturalisation, in the hope that this would be enough when Britain leaves the EU, without naturalising. However, they had been told that they could not apply for it while Britain is still in the EU. [Note: redacted to anonymise the source].
One of the peculiarities of my case, given that I have my son naturalising with me, is that there was an additional piece of paperwork requested in relation to my son’s naturalisation. The situation might be similar to international couples where husband and wife have different nationalities (until naturalisation in case both are naturalising) and where they have a child that has not taken up both nationalities through its parents, for whatever reasons. Continue reading “A parental declaration – useful for those naturalising with their children to bear in mind.”
Sometimes it has felt like a lone furrow being ploughed, as most friends and acquaintances have preferred to either wait and see, or prefer not to give up their citizenship. From the outset, I have believed that Austrian citizenship is the appropriate step for me and my family, especially as we intend to continue living in Austria permanently. Having asked a few friends in recent months, about how they feel about naturalising, there are mixed thoughts, some of which are captured below. Continue reading “Am I the only one taking Austrian citizenship?”
Hopefully people have wondered what the reason has been for the radio silence from me. Well, while there has been very little to report, the reason has been due to the fact that after submitting everything that was missing at the same time as I took my citizenship test back just before Christmas, I have since been playing the waiting game. Continue reading “The waiting game is nearly over…”
I came out of my application submission appointment in late October with a date for my citizenship test, which I have next week along with the request to submit a few final pieces of paperwork. Most importantly of course, I have a case number and my application was made with the UK still in the EU.
I’ll still not be convinced that I have submitted everything until I get a formal confirmation through to that effect – given my wife’s experience where her application was held for a year untouched, maybe my unease is somewhat justified, especially as once submitted by my case officer, my paperwork will be passed on to a colleague of the case officer for reviewing.
HE Leigh Turner did a Facebook Live video Q&A today (16.11.2017) from HM British Embassy in Vienna – the 45 minute videocast is worth a watch through Facebook although, given that not everyone is on Facebook, as well as embedding it, I have also summarised the key points from my understanding. I was pleased that my two submitted questions were both covered – one in relation to “social inclusion” – and how the Embassy can still help those British citizens who are not online (part of this boils down to my recently helping someone not online to do some paperwork). I have tried to do a similar write-up to the one I did about the Facebook Live chat with Julia Longbottom. Continue reading “Facebook Live Q&A with HE Leigh Turner”
Having spent months trying to gather all the requested information as per the list supplied back in the spring, last Wednesday I went to MA35 in the 20th district, with a lever arch file accompanied by my young son and wife, to put in our applications (for me and my son) for Austrian citizenship. I’d sat up until 2am checking and rechecking that I had as much of the information available as possible, and potential supporting documentation that could also be of use. Despite thorough preparations, I was still nervous. Continue reading “25 October – Application appointment”
Even though my wife and I are at different stages of our naturalisation processes, there are some similarities for both of us. In recent weeks, we have both needed to have documents apostilled. While I was watching Austria vs Serbia playing rugby, I got chatting to another Brit who is in the document gathering process, and he asked me about the ordering for apostille and sworn translation of a document issued from the UK, and so I decided to use this post to clear up their use, and how to get them. Continue reading “Getting apostilles for UK issued documents (and apostilles for Austrian issued ones)”
For my citizenship application I have had to have a UK police record done – and I think it is worth mentioning to those going down the same road, that although it is recommended to have your National Insurance number to hand (for those who may not have needed the number in approaching two decades, and are not aware of it any more, the process to get a new card can take some time!), but if you do not have it, you can still get through the process. Continue reading “Getting the UK equivalent of a Strafregisterauszug”
After a lengthy application process and requests to furnish further documents and having to wait for a citizenship test appointment, my wife was recently issued with the “Bescheid der Zusicherung der Verleihung der österreichischen Staatsbürgerschaft“. For me, that milestone is still a long way off, if anything my immediate concern remains whether the case number (Geschäftszahl) for my application will be issued prior to any “no deal” as the spectre of the United Kingdom walking away from the negotiation table is currently looming as the latest round of negotiations on the UK leaving the EU have failed to progress as far as hoped from all sides. Continue reading “The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning”