Re: home office buffoons
I also pointed out that I had spent the last 6 years interpreting German legal documents! But that isn't a certificate either!
I have a friend who has lived in Germany for about 30 years, and for a lot of that time was MD of a chemicals firm. But he, too, had to sit the language test. Inconvenience only - he was quite confident about passing :)
He is now a German citizen, and very happy about it. Though there must also be some sadness at feeling that you have to give up your birth nationality.