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Post by CULLINAN » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:27 pm

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Post by SailorMoon88 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:10 am

Hello everyone,

I have a question: I am missing the wet-ink original of one of my referee declaration forms.

Is it a must that I get my colleague to send it back or the staff at the appointment are not so strict about it?

I do have the wet-ink original of the second form.

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Post by bizman » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:18 pm

A copy is great, after all it will be scanned and sent to UKVI
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Post by Goldfinger1 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:51 pm

otto8190 wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:17 pm
Alisaa wrote:
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phetherweyt wrote:
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You should wait patiently.
I am!

It's just annoying seeing others who have applied after me getting approved.
Not much we can do , I applied early June and still waiting . it is over 7 months now . I am not sure if getting my MP involved would be a good Idea or it is too early . :|
I am nearing 6 months. Spoke to a solicitor and advice was to wait and be patient as HO are taking much longer than normal unless it is the spouse route. Some members sent an enquiry nearing six months through email. As per the trend observed June applicants got a decision just after sending the email whereas later than June applicants are getting a response that a caseworker has not been allocated yet.
It is frustrating. In case you involve local MP please let us know the outcome.
Best wishes.
I went via the spouse route and i applied 3rd June, i am still waiting. I have sent several letters but always get the usual reply like everyone else, your time shall come. I used to get upset but i have got passed that stage of getting so wound up,

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Post by rsetter11 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:04 pm

SailorMoon88 wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:10 am
Hello everyone,

I have a question: I am missing the wet-ink original of one of my referee declaration forms.

Is it a must that I get my colleague to send it back or the staff at the appointment are not so strict about it?

I do have the wet-ink original of the second form.
Hi, I was in the identical situation and attended my appointment yesterday.

After the biometrics were done & passport scanned, I was asked if I need to scan anything else apart from what I had submitted online. I didn't so just said no of course. Then, the staff member confirmed I want to submit my application and that was all.

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Post by mesn » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:29 pm

Hi Guys, not sure if this is the right place to ask an MN1 biometric question. Are the applications processed sequentially unlike ILRs where some categories are faster than others. I can see in the Naturalization timelines that on average, it's taking 7-8 weeks. Asking to check if an early biometric appointment has an influence on processing time. For my kid, I have an appointment for 15Feb but wondering if it's worth looking for earlier appointments.

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Post by GondalUK » Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:32 pm

mesn wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:29 pm
Hi Guys, not sure if this is the right place to ask an MN1 biometric question. Are the applications processed sequentially unlike ILRs where some categories are faster than others. I can see in the Naturalization timelines that on average, it's taking 7-8 weeks. Asking to check if an early biometric appointment has an influence on processing time. For my kid, I have an appointment for 15Feb but wondering if it's worth looking for earlier appointments.
The decision is made after bio-metric appointment, so booking an early appointment may make some difference in overall time taken. Also self-submitting documents may make some difference, the case worker may start looking on application earlier to make interim decision when document are self-submitted.

The average time taken is roughly 7-10 weeks for MN1 according to my observations while I was awaiting decision for my Son's application.

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Post by mesn » Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:39 am

GondalUK wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:32 pm
mesn wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:29 pm
Hi Guys, not sure if this is the right place to ask an MN1 biometric question. Are the applications processed sequentially unlike ILRs where some categories are faster than others. I can see in the Naturalization timelines that on average, it's taking 7-8 weeks. Asking to check if an early biometric appointment has an influence on processing time. For my kid, I have an appointment for 15Feb but wondering if it's worth looking for earlier appointments.
The decision is made after bio-metric appointment, so booking an early appointment may make some difference in overall time taken. Also self-submitting documents may make some difference, the case worker may start looking on application earlier to make interim decision when document are self-submitted.

The average time taken is roughly 7-10 weeks for MN1 according to my observations while I was awaiting decision for my Son's application.
Thanks. If the average processing time is 7-10 weeks, and as this is straightforward with no background checks, my sense is, the applications are still in the queue for 6-9 weeks, and working time on the case won't be more than a week. But point taken. Also, from the timelines thread, it looks like the 7-10 weeks TAT is uniform with no exception on either side.

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Post by at8 » Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:12 pm

I've applied for my naturalisation on April 27th, with biometrics submitted 26th August.
I applied via 5 years residency + 1 ILR.

I've waited close to 9 months now, and have reached out to FurtherNationalityEnquiries@homeoffice.gov.uk previously- receiving a generic reply that the application is in process.

Just wondering if there are many others who are in the same position and if there are any ideas on what else can be done to enquire further on the status?

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Post by CULLINAN » Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:13 pm

at8 wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:12 pm
I've applied for my naturalisation on April 27th, with biometrics submitted 26th August.
I applied via 5 years residency + 1 ILR.

I've waited close to 9 months now, and have reached out to FurtherNationalityEnquiries@homeoffice.gov.uk previously- receiving a generic reply that the application is in process.

Just wondering if there are many others who are in the same position and if there are any ideas on what else can be done to enquire further on the status?
Email also:

NationalityFrontEndTechnicalSpecialists@homeoffice.gov.uk

PS: You will get an automated response that this is not a general inbox but it has worked for many.

Are you checking your emails/Junk folder??

have you changed address by any chance?
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Post by at8 » Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:01 pm

Yes, I did email that address as well, only received the automated response.

Junk emails checked- and nothing

I have changed address- and I have informed the Immigration Department via their recommended links.
The new tenants of my old address have not received any mail either.

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Post by CULLINAN » Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:05 pm

at8 wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:01 pm
Yes, I did email that address as well, only received the automated response.

Junk emails checked- and nothing

I have changed address- and I have informed the Immigration Department via their recommended links.
The new tenants of my old address have not received any mail either.
There is a great possibility that your address might not be updated even after you have used the official link to update. Do keep a check with the tenant at your old address on constant basis. Ceremony invitation can be posted or emailed. Note, you would still need to attend the ceremony at the old council (the one you chose when you applied). If they carry virtual ceremony and post certificates later on, it will go to old address also (in case your address is NOT updated - many cases reported their address was not updated).

When address is changed - there is a possibility of post lost also - if current tenant(s) is not pro active.
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Post by at8 » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:06 pm

Thanks CULLINAN for the feedback.

I'll continue to check with the tenants and keep an eye on mail

However, if it's mailed and it's lost how is one to check on the status or get it re-issued?
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at8 wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:01 pm
Yes, I did email that address as well, only received the automated response.

Junk emails checked- and nothing

I have changed address- and I have informed the Immigration Department via their recommended links.
The new tenants of my old address have not received any mail either.
There is a great possibility that your address might not be updated even after you have used the official link to update. Do keep a check with the tenant at your old address on constant basis. Ceremony invitation can be posted or emailed. Note, you would still need to attend the ceremony at the old council (the one you chose when you applied). If they carry virtual ceremony and post certificates later on, it will go to old address also (in case your address is NOT updated - many cases reported their address was not updated).

When address is changed - there is a possibility of post lost also - if current tenant(s) is not pro active.

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Post by CULLINAN » Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:11 pm

at8 wrote:
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You can only hope that HO responds back on email. If letter is lost, they can reissue also.
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Post by uk201501 » Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:08 pm

Hi all,

I got my ILR last year and applied for Citizenship of my son in June (he is minor and was under a Tier 2 dependent before). We submitted biometrics via mobile app in Aug and we are still waiting for a decision up until now.

We have sent e-mail to HO and they keep on saying that it is still in progress.

Last week, we have received an e-mail as a reminder to book an appointment again. We also received it last November but I have DM’d UKVI on twitter and they confirmed we don’t need to book an appointment. I also received a confirmation via e-mail from HO for this. Has anyone else received the reminder again?

Also, I used the same e-mail address when I applied for my ILR. Could this have impact on the progress of my son’s application?

Another question, I will be applying for my citizenship soon. Would it cause a problem if I use the same e-mail address again?

Thank you in advance.

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Post by Hansi89 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:04 pm

Hello all,

June 2020 applicant here :arrow: I have just received my approval! stage 1 completed! :D now to wait for the invitation letter :)

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Post by uk201501 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:09 pm

uk201501 wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:08 pm
Hi all,

I got my ILR last year and applied for Citizenship of my son in June (he is minor and was under a Tier 2 dependent before). We submitted biometrics via mobile app in Aug and we are still waiting for a decision up until now.

We have sent e-mail to HO and they keep on saying that it is still in progress.

Last week, we have received an e-mail as a reminder to book an appointment again. We also received it last November but I have DM’d UKVI on twitter and they confirmed we don’t need to book an appointment. I also received a confirmation via e-mail from HO for this. Has anyone else received the reminder again?

Also, I used the same e-mail address when I applied for my ILR. Could this have impact on the progress of my son’s application?

Another question, I will be applying for my citizenship soon. Would it cause a problem if I use the same e-mail address again?

Thank you in advance.
Hi everyone and admins,

I would really appreciate your thoughts on this.

Thank you in advance.

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Post by CULLINAN » Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:22 pm

@uk201501
Also, I used the same e-mail address when I applied for my ILR. Could this have impact on the progress of my son’s application?

No

Another question, I will be applying for my citizenship soon. Would it cause a problem if I use the same e-mail address again?

Better to use a different email address for your application
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Post by uk201501 » Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:27 am

CULLINAN wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:22 pm
@uk201501
Also, I used the same e-mail address when I applied for my ILR. Could this have impact on the progress of my son’s application?

No

Another question, I will be applying for my citizenship soon. Would it cause a problem if I use the same e-mail address again?

Better to use a different email address for your application
Thank you, Cullinan.

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