Friday, March 13, 2015

My All-Canadian Wife

A little less than 2 years ago, Vicki received her Canadian citizenship after living here for nearly 40 years.  Then, last June, her mother Elinor passed away after a year-long battle with failing health.  Not long after that, Vicki made the decision to renounce her U.S. citizenship, in part because Elly had been her strongest tie to the country of her birth, and in part because the time required to file U.S. income tax returns and other U.S. documentation each year was onerous.

It was a bizarre, convoluted process, including a trip to the U.S. consulate in Toronto last August that ended up being entirely wasted, but today we received the documentation in the mail making it official: Vicki is now 100% Canadian, having successfully relinquished her U.S citizenship.  She says she's a little sad about the loss but mostly feels good to be out from under the unique bureaucratic workload that America imposes upon its citizens living abroad. 

I told her that, after test-driving Canada for the past four decades, she shouldn't have anything to worry about.  After all: Canada's awesome, eh?

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