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UK Embassy Conversation


This was probably one of the most interesting and surprising conversation that I have had in a long time.

I got a call in the morning and he said “hello, Mr So and So, this is So & So from the British Embassy”

Me, “Yes, Hello”

Him, “I’m calling regarding your Visa application, your Visa has been denied”

Me, “What?!? Why, what happened? Or what was wrong”

Him, “Sir, in our system you are a British National and you are entitled to the British Nationality”

Me, “What? What are you talking about, something must be very wrong.”

Him, “It says that you were born in the UK before 1983, and therefore you are a British National”

Me, “That is true, but I didn’t apply to a citizenship and I am a Kuwaiti National, and I don’t want to change that”

Him, “Sir you could apply for a different entry which is called the Certificate of Entightlement, which means you are a British National with a different passport living outside the UK.”

Me, “Is that my only option, I don’t want to do that, or pay UK Taxes”

Him, “You are exempted from Taxes, and you have to apply for that”

Me, “I have been applying for the regular Visit Visa for the past 26 years what exactly happened in the last year”

Him, “This rule has been enacted since that time, but they have gotten stricter this past year over all the rules, and it has applied to a lot of Kuwaitis who were born in the UK”

The conversation was a lot longer then that, and there was a lot of give and take with information. The gentlemen was very helpful and he pointed me to forms that I could submit directly to the embassy instead of the application center so I don’t lose paying my fee, which is 120 KD. All that they needed was my original UK Birth certificate which I had no clue where it was and it took a few hours to find it. Now they shall be giving me that little sticker in my passport which is basically an entry type which lasts as long as my passport.

First thought in my head after things became clearer later in the day, “I don’t want to serve the Queen” and “I could become James Bond”