For those who might have spotted my posts (rants) about the trials and tribulations of meeting and marrying a non-Brit/non EU?Commonwealth partner or for those who weren't aware that hubby no 2 ( a much improved specimen and all round lovely chap) is American ...well last Wednesday we finally made the British citizenship ceremony ....and MrREMfan is now officially a British citizen! This has entailed 1. Getting married ..2003 2. Applying for spouse visa which meant he had to return to the USA and apply for this from there - so one had to guess how long we thought it might take etc. He had sold his house in upstate NY so went to live with a sister in Georgia. We had some hiccoughs over all that especially as I still lived in the ex marital home and even though owning outright 3 other properties I had to ask the ex for his written permission for Jim to live in the house to satisfy the Home Office! 3. After 2 years of living and working here we applied for his indefinite leave to stay. This, though expensive, was relatively hassle free.4. After a good few years and some prodding from my kids.... we decided that as this Tory government seems capable of doing all sorts of awful things - and as a non Brit etc MrREMfan could prove an easy target let's say regarding inheritance tax for example, we get he had better become a British citizen. (He could also then register voting in national and local elections) So..... he had to pass his Life in the UK test - have a look at that some time folks..... I defy people to pass it! There was also the biometric info to register - that proved to be a "fun day" of endless chasing around the nearest cities and towns trying to find a participating Post Office with a working biometric machine! The Home Office then had to keep hold of lots of our legal documents for 4 months (to justify the high cost of the application I feel) I finally snapped and sent them a stroppy letter about them keeping our documents and heigh ho the very next day after posting that....the documents arrived back by my recorded delivery with the info that he had been improved and that we now needed to contact the Local Authority to arrange a citizenship ceremony. This proved very straightforward and we had to attend in the same registry office where we were married. So last Wednesday along with a Nigerian, a Chinese, a Lithuanian and a Pole.... MrREMfan swore allegiance to the Queen and pledged himself ready to be a good citizen; the National Anthem was played, short appropriate speeches made by the Mayor of Halton and the dep Lieutenant of Cheshire.... and Bob's yer uncle..... he's official!