So I’m thinking of doing the Life in the UK test and getting my British passport. Eeeeek. Can’t believe I’m thinking of doing that because I’ve never once considered it before! I’ve lived here for 15 years now and not once, until now, have I thought I might do this. I have so many questions.

  • What are the benefits?
  • What is the cost? I’ve heard it’s expensive. Just HOW expensive?
  • What are the drawbacks, if any?
  • What will this mean for my identity?
  • Will this have an impact on my children?
  • How weird will it be to become British??
  • Am I being disloyal to my home country?
  • Can I still call myself American?
  • What is the procedure?
  • How difficult is the test? Will I be able to pass it?
  • Is it worth all the hassle AND the cost?

Over the next few months I’ll be researching these things to see if I want to go ahead with it.

However, if anyone has done this or has already researched it, please add your hints and tips or answers to my questions in a comment. I would really appreciate it. Plus, this post can be a source of help and guidance for others who are thinking about taking the Life in the UK Test with a view to becoming a British national. Oh yeah and is that what it’s called? Or is it citizen instead of national because I wasn’t born here?

Here we go……..  !!

To start, here is a link to a helpful website I think this will answer some of the practical stuff. And there are practice questions on it too so very useful. A fantastic website for those preparing to take the Life in The UK Test. There are also other suggested websites for info and preparation which are below in the comments section – please do take a look.

I suppose I’m more concerned about the ‘intangibles’, if that makes sense. What will this (if I decide to do it) mean for me as an American?

I look forward to reading your comments 🙂


Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits and co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs with Heidi Mulligan Walker. Meghan is also the Director and Chief Designer at her own design company, White Ochre Design Ltd. And, she is an award winning expat blogger.