Today marks the first day of Autumn/Fall... Today also marks the day we appear before the Judge to take oath of our Canadian citizenship!
We got there just in the nick of time, as we know that they won't let us enter the courtroom before the scheduled time. We were assigned seat number 108 to 111. And waited for about 45 minutes while the CIC staff checked all of our documents... Court in session at 2:10pm, Judge gave a speech and then we took our oath (both in English and in French):
By 2:30pm they started calling us one by one as they handed out our Citizenship card and certificate. Total of 134 candidates from 23 countries in our city became Canadians today! By 3:30pm, we ended the ceremony by singing O'Canada (our national anthem).
I swear 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 fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.
Tagging our kids along wasn't easy as my son has been sick since last Friday but is much much better today... likewise, my daughter is also sick since yesterday. Our kids are not required to appear before the Judge but because we don't have a babysitter, we brought them along with us.
After the ceremony, we had an early dinner at Il Fornello.
The Time Frame / Process
We submitted our Citizenship applications to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
We received acknowledgement from CIC. The letter said it will take approximately 8-10 months to process our application. Also attached is a book called "A Look at Canada" for our reference.
May 7, 20005
CIC started processing our applications.
August 4, 2005
We received letter informing us of our upcoming citizenship exam on August 20 at 1pm.
Hubby and I take turns in studying the book called "A Look at Canada" where the multiple choice questions for the exam will be based on.
August 20, 2005
We took our first step.
September 9, 2005
After 3 weeks, we received yet another letter - this time its a "notice to appear" before the Judge on September 22 at 1:15pm.
September 22, 2005
After 1,629 days of making Canada our home...
and 33 days after our Citizenship Exam...
This doesn't mean that we are turning our back on our birth/home country... in fact, we have every intention of maintaining dual citizenships.