Although I could have picked it up any time during the past month, I finally got around to picking up my residency permit card today. I’m officially a legal resident of the Netherlands! It’s valid for five years, and at the end of the five years, I can renew or I can choose to apply for citizenship. The citizenship is something I’m definitely considering, especially if McCain gets elected. I have no patience for the US if they choose him after eight years of Bush.
But that’s enough political ranting. I have a whole new country’s politics to figure out now!
… is granted.
Those were the important words I was looking for just now when I saw that a letter had arrived for me from IND (immigration). My request for legal residency here has been granted. Yay! I still have to go get the stamp/document, but that will come at some date in the future. They’ll send me another letter with the date and time for me to go pick up the stuff. (I’m guessing that horrid picture of me that had to be submitted with my application will be used on my ID document. *shudder*)
Also, I can’t tell you how happy I am to be living in an age when I can go online to the Google translation page and type in the information to be translated and have an immediate (although literal) translation. I got the gist of the letter. The letter, of course, was in Dutch and my Dutch isn’t up to it, especially when you consider the super long words they create by combining words. Gemeenschapsonderdaan, for example. It roughly translates to Community citizen. Of course, even Google couldn’t handle Tewerkstellingsvergunning, but as it’s not required, I’m not worried about it.
So, this means in five years I can apply for citizenship if I want. Let’s see who and how the next president of the US is. 😉