Filipina feng shui expert now a British citizen (with some help from feng shui)

Under the British Nationality Act of 1981, women foreigners married to British men may not automatically acquire British citizenship by marriage. They may, however, apply for British citizenship and follow strict residency rules in the country.

This was the situation international feng shui expert Marites Allen found herself in, when she and her family moved from the Philippines to the UK three years ago. Marites is married to Nick Allen, a British national and international business consultant.

The law provides that to qualify for British citizenship, an applicant must have spent no more than 450 days outside the UK within 5 years and must have spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months. Because of the various travels worldwide required by her business practice, Marites had more than 480 days of absence from the UK in less than three years (the law only allows 270 days absence in three years). Realizing this handicap, she was not too hopeful about applying for British citizenship. It took some convincing by her husband Nick before she made the move.

But when she did, she also made sure feng shui was somehow in the picture. When asked to present documentation of her work and the various trips it entails, she chose to do that on days favorable to her according to the feng shui almanac. She would keep appointments wearing her lucky dresses and accessories. In more ways than one, Marites put on the charms, and they worked.

On November 7, 2013, on the direction of the Secretary of State (Home Office London) Marites was awarded her Certificate of Naturalisation. Under normal circumstances, the entire process takes all of three years. In the case of Marites, it it happened within three weeks from her application.

The overjoyed British-Filipina posted pictures of the awarding on her online sites, which were aptly captioned: “Truly amazing and a blessing. Feng shui really works!”

The Feng Shui Queen proudly shows her Certificate of Naturalisation. In the framed photo beside her is Queen Elizabeth of England.

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