In addition to this recognition of a community of destinies to which she aspired, Géraldine discovered other advantages. "I no longer need to go to the consulate to renew my identity card or passport. From now on, I can walk to the town hall to make my application”.
While the young mother "may not have travelled very far in recent years", in the past, taking a flight to Europe could raise some questions from the flight crew. The problem was that, “my children have my husband's name. And my nationality was different from the rest of my family. ” she explains. This situation is now a thing of the past, since parents and children now have identity documents issued by the Grand Duchy.
Other advantages that tempt candidates for Luxembourg citizenship include the professional opportunities. For instance, to exercise certain professions in the civil service, Luxembourg citizenship is a prerequisite. However, for Géraldine "it’s only a first step" because the other criterion asked of candidates is to be proficient in the three official languages - Luxembourgish, French and German. Language skills not always shared by recently "converted" Luxembourgers.