I received a letter from a chap who calls himself the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection the other day:
On behalf of the Government and the people of Australia, I am pleased to inform you that your application for Australian citizenship has been approved.
It was never really my plan to become a citizen of Australia, but then I didn’t really have a plan when the University of Sydney came calling back in November 2010. In many ways becoming a permanent resident and then a citizen was just the natural, logical path to take.
Australia has been home for quite a few years now, and will be for the foreseeable future. I’m not ready to call myself Australian quite yet - I’m still Scottish.
But make no mistake - labels, logic, and lengthy rants about the process aside, it’s a wonderful honour and a privilege to have made it to the final step. I’ve been warmly welcomed by Australians at every step.
Thanks for having me Australia!