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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by Nerazzuri » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:52 am

An important thing to keep in mind with new government digital services in the UK is that they'll evolve very quickly. The general idea is to release something basic that does the straightforward things as quickly as possible, and then iterate/improve on it and add further features, based on feedback from users, as well as analytics.

The team making that service will likely have a backlog of features that they want to add. I'd expect that it will evolve to simplify other things like:

- getting physical documents back quickly.
- getting advice during the application process (NCS etc).
- applying for a UK passport simultaneously.

I'd STRONGLY RECOMMEND that anyone who uses the online application takes the 30 seconds to leave feedback after. If you like the service, you can of course rate it positively, but the most important thing that will actually make the online application work as well as possible in the future is people giving constructive feedback on what they'd like to see improved in that end-to-end process from the moment they decide to apply for citizenship to the moment they have a British passport.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by Shazia1983 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:07 pm

Hello
I have booked NCS for my daughter who was born in August 2017. My husband was on Tier 1 that time. Now he got ILR . We did not apply any visa for her for the last 5 months .
My question is
Can she apply Naturilsation using MN1 form ?
Can we use Nationality checking service?
What about the time period when she had no visa?
What documents do I need to bring to the NCS office?
Advance thanks for your reply

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by Ceebee » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:23 pm

Hi, I'm curious if anyone can share their experience on the following?
I've used the online application service no trouble (submitted last Thursday 4th Jan'18), however I've sent my documentation using Royal Mail special delivery, guaranteed 1pm next day - only problem is it's a week later and Royal Mail's online tracking service still shows that my 'parcel is out for delivery', but not signed for yet!
I've spoken to Royal Mail who said that as its going to ukvi and due to the volume of post ukvi receive, they won't sign for every parcel.
So I'm not sure how I'm supposed to know if it definitely has been received or if it is lost and I need to start applying for replacements!
Interested to hear if anyone has had this experience or if anyone has advice on the way forward.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by kemakerry » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:24 pm

Hi just wanted to say. I really hope that everything has been resolved for you. with something so important they must/ should sign for it.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by Linaco » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:07 pm

Hi,
I am about to send my online application and wanted to confirm the following: where do I get the referee declarations?
Do I just print pages 19-21 from the paper form and ask my referees to fill them in and date and sign them?
I could not find anything in the guidance (since the guidance is for paper form only).

Also, since I do not have a BRP (I never had it since I qualified based on my EEA PR), at which stage do I need to do the biometrics? Some people wrote in here that they sent their supporting documents together with the biometrics done at the Post Office, but how did they do this? Do I get a reference number once I reach the end of the application based on which I can do the biometrics?
Thank you so much for your help!

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by Ceebee » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:44 pm

Linaco wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:07 pm
Hi,
I am about to send my online application and wanted to confirm the following: where do I get the referee declarations?
Do I just print pages 19-21 from the paper form and ask my referees to fill them in and date and sign them?
I could not find anything in the guidance (since the guidance is for paper form only).

Also, since I do not have a BRP (I never had it since I qualified based on my EEA PR), at which stage do I need to do the biometrics? Some people wrote in here that they sent their supporting documents together with the biometrics done at the Post Office, but how did they do this? Do I get a reference number once I reach the end of the application based on which I can do the biometrics?
Thank you so much for your help!
Hi,
The referee declarations get printed off at end of the application - no need to print from paper form. You will then be able to attach your photos to them and get the referees to sign them;

Re the biometrics, again a sheet is printed off at the end which you take to the post office and they scan it and do your biometrics there, which gets pinged straight through to UKVI.

Hope that helps.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by msi7575 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:01 pm

shakeerahT wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:03 pm
Hi, My brother and i have just used the online application service. its pretty straight forward and you can make payment for your application on the system as well. Once you have completed the application form and payment is successful, it gives you options to download :

- the supporting document checklist (the supporting documents you re required to post to the home office)
- biometric enrolment letter (which you take to the post office to enrol your biometric details)
- 2 referee declaration forms requiring your referees to sign and date (your referees wont have to fill any details because you would have filled it in when completing the form online)
- a copy of your submitted application which you can keep for yourself.


so, in summary, you submit your application online including your payment for the application, you go to the post office to register you biometrics within days and they expect you send your supporting documents within 15days of submitting the online application too.
Easy as Pie! :D
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Thank you ShakeerahT for sharing your experience. I have a question: what should I put in the following question in online application:
Immigration details

Have you made any previous UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No
I got my ILR on LR basis and will apply this week only stuck in the above question.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by shakeerahT » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:25 pm

msi7575 wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:01 pm


Thank you ShakeerahT for sharing your experience. I have a question: what should I put in the following question in online application:
Immigration details

Have you made any previous UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No
I got my ILR on LR basis and will apply this week only stuck in the above question.
yes. and just fill in the details of all previous applications made to the home office. i believe clear , concise and accurate information speeds up the process.

Me and my brother just got out approval this week. Goodluck!

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by Linaco » Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:50 pm

Thank you so much Ceebee! this is very helpful

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by vinosubr » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:38 pm

@shakeerahT - How Long did it take to receive approval letter?

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by ariskar » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:56 pm

vinosubr wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:38 pm
@shakeerahT - How Long did it take to receive approval letter?
It took him 24 days from application to approval received by post and 20 days from application to decision letter date! This should be one of the fastest case timelines I have seen posted around here!

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by yorkdave » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:24 pm

shakeerahT wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:25 pm
msi7575 wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:01 pm


Thank you ShakeerahT for sharing your experience. I have a question: what should I put in the following question in online application:
Immigration details

Have you made any previous UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No
I got my ILR on LR basis and will apply this week only stuck in the above question.
yes. and just fill in the details of all previous applications made to the home office. i believe clear , concise and accurate information speeds up the process.

Me and my brother just got out approval this week. Goodluck!
@shakeerahT, Thanks a lot for your post with useful info. I am planning to apply via online but need to send passport and biometric as well as required documents. Thats why I am bit hesitate in using online application compare to NCS.
It looks like you got the approval within 4 weeks time. Is that right? Thanks

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by Gianni77 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:36 pm

Hi All,
just joining the conversation. I already read a lot in here and found it very useful.
I am an EEA members and already got my Permanent Residency Card.
As I'm now filling the form for Citizenship I have some doubt.
From what I understand it asks proof of NI contributions paid for the last 10 years. Is it correct?
In the end I have already provided 6 years of P60s for the residency and for the citizenship anyway are not needed any more years than these, so I wonder if I'm missing something.
In the end I don't have any problems with this but considering that earlier than 6 years ago I was selfemployed, this would make it a bit of a pain to provide for me and I would gladly avoid...
But if necessary...
Anybody has the answer please?
Thank you

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by vinosubr » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:08 am

How many days before eligibility can we fill up the application online? Is the date of application received by home office or date of application filled online considered for calculating the eligibility? How many days before can we post the online printed application. Is there any document?

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by MrA2Z » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:47 pm

Hi Guys, I am going to apply for citizenship. I am thinking to apply online and nearly completed the form but stuck on the following question:

Have you made any previous UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No

I got ILR through 10 year route in 2013. The answer to the above question is definitely Yes. After entering details of ILR application, it is asking the same question again

Have you previously made any other UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No

Should I answer Yes to the above and give history of all applications made for Student Visas? In my opinion, applications for Student visas are not Immigration applications and No is the better response.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by shakeerahT » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:45 am

yorkdave wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:24 pm


@shakeerahT, Thanks a lot for your post with useful info. I am planning to apply via online but need to send passport and biometric as well as required documents. Thats why I am bit hesitate in using online application compare to NCS.
It looks like you got the approval within 4 weeks time. Is that right? Thanks
Hi yorkDave, yes you will need to send those documents to the home office with the online application.
But i think the online applications have priority since all the information has been fed directly into their system, they can begin checks immediately.

yeah i got approval within 3 weeks taking account the holidays as well.

if you re worried about needing your originals, then maybe make certified copies of them at a post office or solicitor.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by shakeerahT » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:47 am

vinosubr wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:08 am
How many days before eligibility can we fill up the application online? Is the date of application received by home office or date of application filled online considered for calculating the eligibility? How many days before can we post the online printed application. Is there any document?
your application is received almost immediately because its done online. so you have to wait until your eligible date to apply online.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by shakeerahT » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:49 am

MrA2Z wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Hi Guys, I am going to apply for citizenship. I am thinking to apply online and nearly completed the form but stuck on the following question:

Have you made any previous UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No

I got ILR through 10 year route in 2013. The answer to the above question is definitely Yes. After entering details of ILR application, it is asking the same question again

Have you previously made any other UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No

Should I answer Yes to the above and give history of all applications made for Student Visas? In my opinion, applications for Student visas are not Immigration applications and No is the better response.
yes , you will need to provide all visa applications you ve ever made to the UKBA even the ones made from outside the UK. I think this is for them to review your immigration history.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by MrA2Z » Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:55 pm

shakeerahT wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:49 am
MrA2Z wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Hi Guys, I am going to apply for citizenship. I am thinking to apply online and nearly completed the form but stuck on the following question:

Have you made any previous UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No

I got ILR through 10 year route in 2013. The answer to the above question is definitely Yes. After entering details of ILR application, it is asking the same question again

Have you previously made any other UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No

Should I answer Yes to the above and give history of all applications made for Student Visas? In my opinion, applications for Student visas are not Immigration applications and No is the better response.
yes , you will need to provide all visa applications you ve ever made to the UKBA even the ones made from outside the UK. I think this is for them to review your immigration history.
Thanks Shakeerah. It will be difficult to give the dates and HO reference for all the applications since 2003. If I would say no and give less information then it would be classed as providing wrong information.

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Re: British Citizenship - New Online Application

Post by CR001 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:11 pm

MrA2Z wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:55 pm
shakeerahT wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:49 am
MrA2Z wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Hi Guys, I am going to apply for citizenship. I am thinking to apply online and nearly completed the form but stuck on the following question:

Have you made any previous UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No

I got ILR through 10 year route in 2013. The answer to the above question is definitely Yes. After entering details of ILR application, it is asking the same question again

Have you previously made any other UK immigration applications in the UK or abroad?
Yes/No

Should I answer Yes to the above and give history of all applications made for Student Visas? In my opinion, applications for Student visas are not Immigration applications and No is the better response.
yes , you will need to provide all visa applications you ve ever made to the UKBA even the ones made from outside the UK. I think this is for them to review your immigration history.
Thanks Shakeerah. It will be difficult to give the dates and HO reference for all the applications since 2003. If I would say no and give less information then it would be classed as providing wrong information.
Yes it would. Put as much as you can remember or order a SAR to see what your full history is.
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