Sunday, 23 March 2008

The Officially A Brunei Citizen

brunei passport
Information About Brunei Citizenship,  I can now proudly proclaim myself a Bruneian, having just received my coveted citizenship merely less than two weeks ago. Been so busy and internet has been down and down.
Returned to Brunei Darussalam to attend the Citizenship Presentation Ceremony .

The ceremony was divided into two sessions: morning and afternoon. The morning session is essentially a taklimat, orientating us mostly on Brunei Nationality laws and some other civil departments, whereas the afternoon session saw the presenting of our citizen certificates, or sijil kerakyatan.

Brunei Darussalam Citizenship Presentation Ceremony
Participants have to attend the ceremony in Brunei's national costume - Baju Cara Melayu, and I had to be there complete with a songkok and sinjang. We recited some pledges and sang the national anthem.
Brunei's national costume - Baju Cara Melayu
The ceremony saw the inauguration of 304 new Brunei citizens, with only a handful of guys, the rest being ladies.
Nevertheless, I have not applied for Brunei national passport . The authorities will be rolling out biometric passports next month, allowing Bruneians to enjoy visa-free entry into the US under VWP (Visa Waiver Program). If I am not wrong, the biometric passport is valid for 10 years!! The Certificate of Identity, meanwhile, is still valid for travel until the possession a national passport.

For those applying for Brunei citizenship, be patient! Good things are worth waiting for, considering that Brunei citizenship does not entail much liabilities. The overall process seems to have sped up, and once you possess the citizenship, you shall be a proud citizen of a welfare state with NO taxes.

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