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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by mohammad12 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:20 pm

Applied 09.04.2020
Biometric(idv app) 22.08.2020
approval email.14th september 2020
Invitation. 23.11.2020 (date on letter 16.11.2020)
council. Redbridge

just email to redbridge council to book ceremony.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by leo55 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:33 pm

mohammad12 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:20 pm
Applied 09.04.2020
Biometric(idv app) 22.08.2020
approval email.14th september 2020
Invitation. 23.11.2020 (date on letter 16.11.2020)
council. Redbridge

just email to redbridge council to book ceremony.
I emailed Redbridge council this afternoon too, and received auto reply from them that the next available dates for virtual and group ceremonies are from Dec 2020. Strange

I thought they can arrange Virtual ceremoney next day or at least in a week time.

Did you speak to anyone in the Council?

Keep posted please if you have any news from them. Thanks

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by mohammad12 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:35 pm

leo55 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:33 pm
mohammad12 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:20 pm
Applied 09.04.2020
Biometric(idv app) 22.08.2020
approval email.14th september 2020
Invitation. 23.11.2020 (date on letter 16.11.2020)
council. Redbridge

just email to redbridge council to book ceremony.
I emailed Redbridge council this afternoon too, and received auto reply from them that the next available dates for virtual and group ceremonies are from Dec 2020. Strange

I thought they can arrange Virtual ceremoney next day or at least in a week time.

Did you speak to anyone in the Council?

Keep posted please if you have any news from them. Thanks

will call them tomarow and update here.thanks

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Euge » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:42 pm

Hello everyone,
approved on 14/08/2020.
Letter received on 17/11/2020 date 7 November .
They booked my ceremony on Tower Hamlet , exactly when the lockdown end 2 December ,the problem is most definitely my council we’ll be on Tier 3 ! Soo I don’t know what is gonna happen, they said on Tier 3 you can’t do a weeding ,but the gym and hairdressers are allowed to work,I really don’t know what expect .Thursday they will announce which area are in England about the Tier

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Cocobana » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:55 pm

Attended my ceremony today @ Maidstone-KCC.) and got my certificate I can finally say this Journey has come to an end for me. Thank God!
I wish everyone much love and great success and hope you won’t have to wait much longer!

A big thanks to moderator and co. Special thanks to Baybars1

....... off to the passport section now 😩😥

Method of application: Online
Date of application: 08 July 2020
Payment method: Debit card
Date of debit fees: 08 July 2020
Date of acknowledgement: 08 July 2020
Date of Biometric reuse email: 06 August 2020
Opted out -07 August 2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 20 August 2020
Date on Approval letter: 1 September 2020 email
Date of receipt of approval: Email
Date on ceremony letter: 26/10/20
Date of Ceremony: 23/11/20

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by muyiwa333 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:50 pm

Hello Everyone,
My council is Barking and Dagenham and I was approved by post. I did not receive my approval by email like 95% of others did but by post 🤔. Date on approval letter is 08/10/2020 and received on the 14/10.

The website of Barking & Dag does not give enough info on ceremonies.

My question is, has anyone done there ceremony in this council recently or is booked for a ceremony at this council? I just want to know if approval letter will be sufficient enough to book ceremony whenever the council receives my certificate.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by K3891 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:10 pm

Dear All, help needed please,
Hounslow Council has given me the date for private ceremony as 12th Dec. I received the invitation letter on 21st Nov. Council received my certificate on 19th Nov. I am keen to get it done asap but they are saying they don't have availability before that. Is there any way i can get somehow an earlier date by escalating it somewhere etc? I requested the caller a lot of times if there is any date available before but no flexibility from the other side unfortunately. Please help.
thanks

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by CULLINAN » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:12 pm

K3891 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:10 pm
Dear All, help needed please,
Hounslow Council has given me the date for private ceremony as 12th Dec. I received the invitation letter on 21st Nov. Council received my certificate on 19th Nov. I am keen to get it done asap but they are saying they don't have availability before that. Is there any way i can get somehow an earlier date by escalating it somewhere etc? I requested the caller a lot of times if there is any date available before but no flexibility from the other side unfortunately. Please help.
thanks
Could you please let us know the procedure how you booked the private ceremony? On phone or email? I can see their website gives three different prices for private ceremony @different rooms? How does it work post-corona?

Having said that, I think the best you can do is to email them and reschedule if there is any availability at their end?

Also what is your date of approval if I may know? Thanks
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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by K3891 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:25 pm

CULLINAN wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:12 pm
K3891 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:10 pm
Dear All, help needed please,
Hounslow Council has given me the date for private ceremony as 12th Dec. I received the invitation letter on 21st Nov. Council received my certificate on 19th Nov. I am keen to get it done asap but they are saying they don't have availability before that. Is there any way i can get somehow an earlier date by escalating it somewhere etc? I requested the caller a lot of times if there is any date available before but no flexibility from the other side unfortunately. Please help.
thanks
Could you please let us know the procedure how you booked the private ceremony? On phone or email? I can see their website gives three different prices for private ceremony @different rooms? How does it work post-corona?

Having said that, I think the best you can do is to email them and reschedule if there is any availability at their end?

Also what is your date of approval if I may know? Thanks

My approval was 24th Aug, date of letter was 12th Nov. i have already emailed them saying if in case they do please let me know so fingers crossed but i think its too late considering its private and been waiting already so long.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by CULLINAN » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:16 pm

@K3891
Thank you. May I know the price charged if you dont mind? Thanks
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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by K3891 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:35 pm

CULLINAN wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:16 pm
@K3891
Thank you. May I know the price charged if you dont mind? Thanks
250 pounds

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by CULLINAN » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:36 pm

K3891 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:35 pm
CULLINAN wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:16 pm
@K3891
Thank you. May I know the price charged if you dont mind? Thanks
250 pounds
Same as quoted on the website £250-285👍
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Post by Rabs » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:14 am

TabiStar wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:29 pm
Home126 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:52 pm
Finally I received my invitation today
Approved 21/08/2020
Invitation received today dated 12/11/2020

Ceremony booked for 01/12/2020. Havering.
Hi, Congratulations. Can you please tell me how you booked the ceremony? Did you book online or do you have a telephone number? I've had to send an email as their website doesn't appear to be working and I'm getting through to a pre recorded telephone message. Thank you.
Just end an email with your Name, Date of birth & reference. no to "citizenship@havering.gov.uk", they respond quickly.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Tina22london » Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:34 am

Parisiana wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:07 pm
Date of application: 28 May 2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 19 August 2020
Date of approval: 21 August 2020
Ceremony letter received: 23 November 2020
Letter dated: 14 November 2020
Ceremony: Cannot book it because the Westminster council website is not working and the registar says that there is no slot in December
Council: Westminster

Is anyone experiencing the same issue with Westminster council please? Did you manage to book a ceremony? Thank you
Yes having the same problem! Every day you get a different answer on the phone, no replies to my emails. Very frustrating was hoping to complete the process this year for various reasons.

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Post by saupen » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:33 am

Finally done with my ceremony yesterday ...Newham Council

Approved on June 30
Received letter 17 November (date on letter was 28 September) it took almost 50 days to reach me
Group Ceremony : 23 November

Newham council does not charges for group ceremony , private ceremony is £100 odd...

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Helen123 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:41 am

Frou01 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:24 pm
Helen123 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:48 pm
Frou01 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:16 pm
Helen123 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:03 pm
Hi all,

I wanted to share that I’ve received my ceremony invitation letter today.
Council: Birmingham City Council
Applied: June 1
Approval date: Sept 14

I will be calling on Monday to book in for my ceremony so hopefully they will have a date in the next week or two! Thanks so much to everyone here for the help and support! @baybars1 your formula was spot on!!

See you all in the passport thread!
Great you have received it! :)

Birmingham is doing group ceremonies every Tuesday and private ceremonies every Wednesday.

I have decided for a group ceremony which is 1 December.
Ah that’s great to know!! Thank you so much @Frou01 for all your help during this whole process!
Aww, you’re most welcome Helen. Bless.

Let me know what date you got on Monday. Fingers crossed it’s very soon!
Hi @Frou01!
So my invitation letter states that I should contact my local authority to arrange my ceremony (Birmingham) but when I called the number written on the letter there was an automated message saying something along the lines of “if you have received your invitation letter from the home office, we will contact you when your paperwork arrives to arrange your ceremony” and then just cuts off the line. Also it says on the Birmingham city council website that it could take “a few weeks” for them to receive your paperwork from the home office after you receive the invitation letter but it says in my letter that it could take up to 2 working days for the council to receive it. I have emailed the council to ask about booking my ceremony but it’s typical Birmingham, making everything so difficult and going about things in the slowest way possible.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by macka284 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:52 am

macka284 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:03 pm
Hi all, I'm sure this has been asked but I can't seem to find the most recent confirmation: I understand that we now have up to 6 months from the invitation letter to attend the ceremony, but is it still required that we *book* the ceremony within 21 days of receiving the invitation letter? I just want to be sure I don't miss the window in case I'm gone over the holidays when the letter arrives. Many thanks for any clarification!
*bump*

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Frou01 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:55 am

Helen123 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:41 am
Frou01 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:24 pm
Helen123 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:48 pm
Frou01 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:16 pm


Great you have received it! :)

Birmingham is doing group ceremonies every Tuesday and private ceremonies every Wednesday.

I have decided for a group ceremony which is 1 December.
Ah that’s great to know!! Thank you so much @Frou01 for all your help during this whole process!
Aww, you’re most welcome Helen. Bless.

Let me know what date you got on Monday. Fingers crossed it’s very soon!
Hi @Frou01!
So my invitation letter states that I should contact my local authority to arrange my ceremony (Birmingham) but when I called the number written on the letter there was an automated message saying something along the lines of “if you have received your invitation letter from the home office, we will contact you when your paperwork arrives to arrange your ceremony” and then just cuts off the line. Also it says on the Birmingham city council website that it could take “a few weeks” for them to receive your paperwork from the home office after you receive the invitation letter but it says in my letter that it could take up to 2 working days for the council to receive it. I have emailed the council to ask about booking my ceremony but it’s typical Birmingham, making everything so difficult and going about things in the slowest way possible.
Hi Helen,

Sorry to hear that.
In my experience the council had my certificate on a Thursday and following Monday I’ve had my invitation from Home Office.

Did you email Citizenship.Ceremonies@birmingham.gov.uk

You will get an automated response first and then they reply within some hours.

Let me know if you have luck with that please.

I have never used their phone number, always by email.
They are very kind.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by naruto » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:37 am

Dear all members,

Just a random question... I know might be a little too early for this unfortunately.....

Has any October approvals received their invitation ceremony letter?

Thanks 😊
LaDolceVita

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by dragon098 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:50 am

naruto wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:37 am
Dear all members,

Just a random question... I know might be a little too early for this unfortunately.....

Has any October approvals received their invitation ceremony letter?

Thanks 😊
Hi Naruto, I don't think so I am October Approval (21 Oct) too and haven't seen anything yet. Finger crossed, we will see it soon from Dec.
Naturalisation Approval: 21 Oct
Council: Wandsworth

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