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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by coolrockspart2 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:03 pm

dragon098 wrote:
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.
I am October approval too not heard anything yet regarding invitation letter.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by JETK » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:08 pm

I called in home office 3 times today to discuss my situation as my certificate was arrived at council on 26th Oct and was sent back to home office on 3rd November due to printing error(this explain “external checks”). they assured me that they have sent out certificates for all who were approved before 31st August and the letters were sent on 19th November so should be expecting my letter by 4th of December. 🤞🤞

I am scared to trust them but I will wait until 4th December.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by woabgh » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:09 pm

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 😊
I am a Sept. approval and unfortunately nothing for me yet...

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Sanfarquad » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:23 pm

Hello all members
Just a quick question.
My application have been approved on end of July by email. Since then i haven’t heard from the council or HO.
Is it only me or there are people in the same situation.

Thanks

Sanfarquad
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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Sanfarquad » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:24 pm

Hello all members
Just a quick question.
My application have been approved on end of July by email. Since then i haven’t heard from the council or HO.
Is it only me or there are people in the same situation.

Thanks

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by naruto » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:31 pm

woabgh wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:09 pm
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 😊
I am a Sept. approval and unfortunately nothing for me yet...

Thanks and all the best to all those who are still on the waiting game
LaDolceVita

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by naruto » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:33 pm

dragon098 wrote:
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.

Hey thanks and fingers crossed we all get some bright lights soon 🙏🏼
LaDolceVita

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Parisiana » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:41 pm

Parisiana wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:45 pm
nnn15 wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:39 pm
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
Congratulations on the progress on your application! How did you find out Westminster had your certificate, did they reach out to you?

No news for me at all, but the link https://registrars.westminster.gov.uk/A ... ignup.aspx seems to be working, is it the link you tried to use? It seems to work, although for me it says "records not found" which I guess means that the council doesn't have my certificate.
No they didn't, I emailed them and they confirmed receipt. Also when the link you sent lets you progress with your Home Office reference number, it means that they received your certificate. The problem now is that link does not have any slots available... :(
I called again and they opened up a few slots for December. I booked the ceremony on Dec 8th. Good luck everyone!

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by tomridd9 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm

I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by dragon098 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:46 pm

tomridd9 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm
I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!
Cheers tomridd9, Fantastic news. This news is giving me hope.

Not sure why but feels like it is Royal mail that's taking time to delivery these letters.
Naturalisation Approval: 21 Oct
Council: Wandsworth

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by coolrockspart2 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:52 pm

tomridd9 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm
I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!
That’s corona virus immigration helpline. Normally they don’t have access to the system. What details did they ask you to let you know the dispatch date.
I had called them and they kept repeating we don’t have access to system and we don’t have any information regarding certificate dispatch.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by tier21419 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:58 pm

tomridd9 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm
I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!
Just called them after seeing your post, they did not give any information saying that they are a general inquiry helpline and don't have access to the system to check status, etc. not sure how you got the information.
p.s: I pressed option 1 on the phone for an advisor.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by nnn15 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:01 pm

dragon098 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:46 pm
tomridd9 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm
I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!
Cheers tomridd9, Fantastic news. This news is giving me hope.

Not sure why but feels like it is Royal mail that's taking time to delivery these letters.
Interesting, I thought the help line people didn't have access to the system and thus couldn't provide any case-specific information. I called now and they said they got an update from the HO earlier this week that all the letters for people approved by the end of August have been dispatched and should be on the way, it usually takes 10 working days to arrive. The lady on the phone said 10 working days would be on 3 December - she told me if I don't receive anything by then I should give them a call and they could escalate.

This is at least 4th timeline they give me since April, so I'm not very hopeful, but maybe at some point they could investigate what happened to the applications that haven't been printed for months...

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by naruto » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:16 pm

tomridd9 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm
I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!

Good news mate, well done and all the best on everything 🙏🏼🎉
LaDolceVita

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by oxana777 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:29 pm

nnn15 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:01 pm
dragon098 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:46 pm
tomridd9 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm
I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!
Cheers tomridd9, Fantastic news. This news is giving me hope.

Not sure why but feels like it is Royal mail that's taking time to delivery these letters.
Interesting, I thought the help line people didn't have access to the system and thus couldn't provide any case-specific information. I called now and they said they got an update from the HO earlier this week that all the letters for people approved by the end of August have been dispatched and should be on the way, it usually takes 10 working days to arrive. The lady on the phone said 10 working days would be on 3 December - she told me if I don't receive anything by then I should give them a call and they could escalate.

This is at least 4th timeline they give me since April, so I'm not very hopeful, but maybe at some point they could investigate what happened to the applications that haven't been printed for months...
Yes i just called as well and had the same information that you! He said he can’t check my individual case!

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by 1Akmal » Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:40 pm

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 😊
7th October approval date. No invitation for ceremony yet.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by skasyap » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:07 pm

tomridd9 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm
I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!
Good luck for getting the information you are after. Sorry but I just wasted my time by calling this number as they can’t check or advise anything lol 😂 so what is the purpose of this team then. 🤔🤔

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by snuptz » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:33 pm

tomridd9 wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:43 pm
I got acceptance on 13 October 2020.
I just called the Home Office on this phone number - 08006781767
They told me that my certificate was dispatched on 18 November 2020 and the invitation letter on 19 November 2020.
Best of luck everyone!
For me they said they sent a lot of letters on 19th November and if it doesn't arrive in the next 7 days to call them back. They couldn't provide specific info. Btw, my approval is 27th July.

Probably not worth all of us calling that number as they will most likely provide same answer.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Helen123 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:06 pm

Frou01 wrote:
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


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.
After all that I received a letter from the council today with my ceremony date! Group ceremony on December 29th. The charge for a private ceremony is £235 so I’ll probably just wait!!!

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by British_Man2020 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:44 pm

Sanfarquad wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:24 pm
Hello all members
Just a quick question.
My application have been approved on end of July by email. Since then i haven’t heard from the council or HO.
Is it only me or there are people in the same situation.

Thanks

same here, approved since August. Not heard anything yet from the council or the HO. Called HO so many times and same story - "they don't have a timeline". Also emailed my council and they've said the same thing, Not received my certificate from the HO and to continue to wait.

Tiring now.

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