David Cook (davidcook) wrote,
David Cook

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Paperwork ...

So, recently rwrylsin and I have been filling in paperwork for our move to the UK. I'm trying to get a Certificate of Entitlement to Right of Abode, which is a step short of full citizenship, but allows me to live and work there, while waiting for registration as a UK citizen and an application for a UK passport get approved. For rwrylsin, there's a "spouse settlement" application.

The forms go like this :

Form for the Certificate of Entitlement : 2 pages (plus supporting documentation)
Form for Registration as a citizen : 4 pages (plus supp. doc.)
Form applying for UK passport : 4 pages (etc)

Form for spouse settlement : 16 pages (yup, 16).
(including such wonderful questions as :

7.21 Have you ever been concerned in the commission, preparation, organisation or support of acts of terrorism, either within or outside the United Kingdom or have you ever been a member of an organisation which has been involved in or advocated terrorism in furtherance of its aims ?

And :

7.22 Have you ever been concerned in the commission, preparation or organisation of genocide or crimes, including crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed in the course of armed conflict ?

And below that :
If you have answered yes to questions 7.21 or 7.22, please give details below.

Who on earth would answer yes to a question like that ?

I'm also not sure if I'm more boggled that they do ask that sort of question for the spouse settlement form, or that they don't ask that sort of question for any of the other forms.

Meanwhile, while the forms are reasonably well organised, they still have a number of questions which could be worded better, or less ambiguously. For example, two forms ask you to include "your current passport". The problem is that one of them specifically wants your Australian passport (in our case; non-UK in general), and the other form specifically wants your UK passport (if you have one), and neither specifies this. Obvious to whoever wrote the form, of course, but in the hands of poor little me, not so clear.

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