Stage 3 Complete
Well, that was anti-climactic.
We’ve been going through this process for almost a year and a half. It’s mostly been “hurry up and wait”. Finally, at the end of May, we received the translated application documents. We had everything we needed to formally apply for Luxembourg citizenship. I double packed the documents and dreamed repeatedly that I left them behind and would show up at the office without the things I needed. It was a nagging stress throughout the early part of our trip.
The morning of our application arrived and we gathered our documents and headed to the Bierger Center – conveniently located across the Guillaume II Square across from our hotel. The office itself would be familiar to anyone who’s been to the DMV. We took a number and waited for about 15 minutes for the number to be called. Finally, we made our way to a reception desk where a clerk unstapled some documents, stamped some others. She returned them to us and asked us to wait for our formal “interview”. After another 10 minutes, we were summoned. The interviewer reviewed the documents, confirmed a few things electronically and explained the rest of the process. The interview lasted all of 5 minutes.
Bureaucracy aside, it was a thrill to have completed the last of our tasks in the application process. Now we wait. By Thanksgiving, we should receive confirmation of our citizenship!