Sunday, March 16, 2008

A country for Oliver (Part 1 of many)

Australia does not offer citizenship by birth, so at six months of age, Oliver Akash is still officially stateless. He has potential claims to citizenship of three countries: India through his dad, the United States through his mum, and Australia through birth and residence (though he must be ordinarily resident here on his tenth birthday, whatever that means). But he has more pressing matters to deal with: learning to swallow, keeping his food down, smiling through appointments with his physical therapist, pediatrician, surgeon, opthalmologist, neurologist, gastroenterologist, ...

So we started his US passport application this week. Of course there's paperwork, down to listing every day his parents have ever spent outside the US. But a bigger challenge was getting a passport photo that meets the exacting specs of the State department. Meghan quickly realized that we were better off with him lying flat on a white sheet rather than trying to hold him upright. And we were off! Ollie was quite a good sport through the process - we didn't get a single pouty face, although we did get quite a variety of other expressions.

Passport photos?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sooooo cute!!

-A

Holden Caulfield said...

boddo mishti oliver...

Anonymous said...

Fantastic pictures! And we loved the video clip - Bridget was spellbound watching it. : )
--Geri

Shouri said...

Lovely photographs! Did you choose the 9th one for the passport?

Baba said...

All the photos are beautiful as Ollie himself is very cute and beautiful. Wish all these to be included in the passport as it is difficult to choose one from these.

Anonymous said...

Yeah! he is officially state-less - but then again, from his pictures it looks like he is in a state of joy - which no office can deny him :)

-A Well Wisher

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures and good photography specially with this "Great idea" to put him on a sheet and take passport pics! - Sanjay

Susan, Mum to Molly said...

Sooo pleased to hear that the gorgeous little man has been granted a passport - even if not by the fussy country of his birth (don't get me started on the residency policies of my homeland!!).

So, which was the 'winning' pic?? Big cyberhugs to all three of you, Susan & co

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