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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aremis » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:12 pm

askmeplz82 wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:01 am
aremis wrote:
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:58 am
update from ealing council..

Unfortunately, we have not yet received your certificate from the home office.
It may be a couple of weeks/months before this is received due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We are currently still receiving certificates for those who were approved in August.

aremis wrote:
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:53 am
Eligibility criteria: EU settled Status + 1 year
Date of receipt of approval: 20 October 2020
Invitation : ??
Ceremony : ??


Council Ealing
I am also with Ealing Council. I got Invitation letter from Home Office now I am waiting for another letter from the Ealing council. They told me my certificate is not there yet


reply from MMST FMT <NationalitySupportTeamFMT@homeoffice.gov.uk>

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email

I can confirm that your invitation has been dispatched on 9th January by 2nd class post, please allow 10-14 days for delivery

Kind regards

UKVI

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Pimsalma » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:33 pm

-Approved on 13.10.20

-Still waiting for Ceremony invitation from HO

-Warrington Council received my certificate last Thursday (07.01.21)

-Ceremony booked on 11.02.21

Many thanks for your messages and good luck everyone

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by maglum » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:34 pm

N S wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:32 pm
maglum wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:56 am
UPDATE
Hello folks, Happy to update my council has received my certificate yesterday - Bang on 12th weeks.
Approval - 21/10/2020
Certificate received by council - 11/01/2021
virtual ceremony tomorrow - 13/01/2021 (Lucky that my council (Southampton) is doing this)

I still have not received any invitation letter to me (nor by email) but council lady asked me to present the October approval letter with any photo ID.
Looks like this dreadful wait is soon be over. Let me take this opportunity to thank all you guys. It surely keep me engaged during this longggg 12 weeks.
Happy to see many more October approvals getting their certificates and Hope all others will get their good news by this week.
Good luck. :)
thanks for your update since when Southampton do Virtual ceremony did not seen any update on their website..
No idea but looks like they are just moving into virtual from this lockdown and I may be one of the first to get through this. I think Home Office should give directions to all the councils to move virtual as the COVID is not going away anytime soon!

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by SamcoSamco » Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:46 pm

Pimsalma wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:33 pm
-Approved on 13.10.20

-Still waiting for Ceremony invitation from HO

-Warrington Council received my certificate last Thursday (07.01.21)

-Ceremony booked on 11.02.21

Many thanks for your messages and good luck everyone
Congratulations on the progress.
Would it be an online ceremony?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Kay100 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:24 pm

PhantomPermit wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:02 pm
zeetee wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:30 pm
Yazzz95 wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:14 pm
Hi,
I've seen on thread today that some October approvals have recieved invitation email today.
Just wondering if everyone from October approval have received invitation today or just some of you. (Just to see whether October backlog is cleared now or not yet as 12 weeks waiting period is over for them)
Cheers.
Not all of them. I was approved on 19th oct and still waiting. Hopefully it will be this week
sick of waiting :D

I was approved on 22 October 2020… Can we stop waiting already?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by qwisnia » Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:26 pm

Is it only me or HO stopped responding to emails, I've used those and did not here anything back form them:
Not even ack, it's almost like I've been added to a spam list :(

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by luckyshah » Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:36 pm

************UPDATE************

Applied Naturalisation 21/05/2020

Approval 09/10/20

Invitation from council for ceremony 11/01/2021

Virtual ceremony booked for 12/01/2021

Very nice and smooth took only 12 mins. A nice lady confirmed name and ID. She didn’t ask for Invitation letter from Home Office.On my request she confirmed my name and DOB on certificate and have me Certificate number in case if I want to apply for Passport application. Wokingham council was very supportive through out that waiting time after approval also they called me on same day they received certificate.

Wokingham Borough Council

Thanks to everyone.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by luckyshah » Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:41 pm

qwisnia wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:26 pm
Is it only me or HO stopped responding to emails, I've used those and did not here anything back form them:
Not even ack, it's almost like I've been added to a spam list :(
Seriously I did same thing by sending queries to all email listed above but never got reply but at end council received my certificate yesterday and I did my ceremony today, still no response from Home office no reply no invitation letter.
Good luck for you hopefully this or start of next week good news for you.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by nnn15 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:57 pm

qwisnia wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:26 pm
Is it only me or HO stopped responding to emails, I've used those and did not here anything back form them:
Not even ack, it's almost like I've been added to a spam list :(
I sent a round of emails to these addresses when 2021 started. I was approved in March 2020 and there are still no signs of my certificate. I haven't got any replies from any of these addresses.
The complaint I submitted at the HO website was upheld and they said they would "endeavour to print and despatch the paperwork as soon as possible", but also said they cannot tell when they can do so. So I guess the only thing I can do is to remind them about my still unprinted paperwork.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by kamalshah74 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:10 pm

Kay100 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:24 pm
PhantomPermit wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:02 pm
zeetee wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:30 pm
Yazzz95 wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:14 pm
Hi,
I've seen on thread today that some October approvals have recieved invitation email today.
Just wondering if everyone from October approval have received invitation today or just some of you. (Just to see whether October backlog is cleared now or not yet as 12 weeks waiting period is over for them)
Cheers.
Not all of them. I was approved on 19th oct and still waiting. Hopefully it will be this week
sick of waiting :D

I was approved on 22 October 2020… Can we stop waiting already?
I was approved on 22 October 2020 too. I got an email today from HO as follows:

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email

I can confirm that your invitation has been dispatched on 9th January by 2nd class post, please allow 10-14 days for delivery

So hopefully the letter comes soon

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by kamalshah74 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:15 pm

zeetee wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:30 pm
Yazzz95 wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:14 pm
Hi,
I've seen on thread today that some October approvals have recieved invitation email today.
Just wondering if everyone from October approval have received invitation today or just some of you. (Just to see whether October backlog is cleared now or not yet as 12 weeks waiting period is over for them)
Cheers.
Not all of them. I was approved on 19th oct and still waiting. Hopefully it will be this week
I think these October ones seem to have been dispatched. I was approved on 22 October 2020 too. I got a reply today from HO as follows:

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email

I can confirm that your invitation has been dispatched on 9th January by 2nd class post, please allow 10-14 days for delivery

So hopefully the letter comes soon

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by dragon098 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:14 pm

Hi All,

I checked online in Wandsworth Council and they have my certificate but I have not got my letter yet.

I am happy but at the same time not fully satisfied because unlike other council they require you to have invitation letter.

My Approval was on 21 OCT 2020

Anyone from Wandsworth Council, if anyone has update on ceremony.

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Post by Pimsalma » Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:33 pm

SamcoSamco wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:46 pm
Pimsalma wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:33 pm
-Approved on 13.10.20

-Still waiting for Ceremony invitation from HO

-Warrington Council received my certificate last Thursday (07.01.21)

-Ceremony booked on 11.02.21

Many thanks for your messages and good luck everyone
Congratulations on the progress.
Would it be an online ceremony?
Thank you. They are not doing online ceremonies, I believe it will be a small group

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by asifmahmood36 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:37 pm

dragon098 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:14 pm
Hi All,

I checked online in Wandsworth Council and they have my certificate but I have not got my letter yet.

I am happy but at the same time not fully satisfied because unlike other council they require you to have an invitation letter.

My Approval was on 21 OCT 2020

Anyone from Wandsworth Council, if anyone has an update on the ceremony.
Hi, My approval was also on 27 OCT 2020 but I am also still waiting for a ceremony invitation letter. I am also from Wandsworth Council.
Maybe HO sent the invitation letter and it is lost in the post as in BBC news that SW18 is included royal mail affected area https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55591063
Today, I have sent an email to HO and to the Wandsworth council as well to get an update on my ceremony letter. How you checked that the Wandsworth council has your certificate? I tried but the checking link disappeared now on the Wandsworth council site.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by dragon098 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:52 pm

asifmahmood36 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:37 pm

Hi, My approval was also on 27 OCT 2020 but I am also still waiting for a ceremony invitation letter. I am also from Wandsworth Council.
Maybe HO sent the invitation letter and it is lost in the post as in BBC news that SW18 is included royal mail affected area https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55591063
Today, I have sent an email to HO and to the Wandsworth council as well to get an update on my ceremony letter. How you checked that the Wandsworth council has your certificate? I tried but the checking link disappeared now on the Wandsworth council site.
Hi asifmahmood36,

Thanks for the BBC link, yes I checked it online in wandsworth council. Wandsworth council did in-fact remove "Make a Booking" however, what you can do is instead of going in Ceremony go inside Births ==> Register a Birth and you will find "Make a Booking" link.

To make it easy here is the link https://registrars.wandsworth.gov.uk/On ... ignup.aspx

I wasn't putting my full name so it wasn't telling me if my certificate was there, as soon as I put my Full name including middle name it took me to another page which says book group or private but I think I will call council tomorrow.

Will update you on my steps. I hope either yours should have arrived or will arrive soon.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by asifmahmood36 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:18 pm

dragon098 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:52 pm
asifmahmood36 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:37 pm

Hi, My approval was also on 27 OCT 2020 but I am also still waiting for a ceremony invitation letter. I am also from Wandsworth Council.
Maybe HO sent the invitation letter and it is lost in the post as in BBC news that SW18 is included royal mail affected area https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55591063
Today, I have sent an email to HO and to the Wandsworth council as well to get an update on my ceremony letter. How you checked that the Wandsworth council has your certificate? I tried but the checking link disappeared now on the Wandsworth council site.
Hi asifmahmood36,

Thanks for the BBC link, yes I checked it online in wandsworth council. Wandsworth council did in-fact remove "Make a Booking" however, what you can do is instead of going in Ceremony go inside Births ==> Register a Birth and you will find "Make a Booking" link.

To make it easy here is the link https://registrars.wandsworth.gov.uk/On ... ignup.aspx

I wasn't putting my full name so it wasn't telling me if my certificate was there, as soon as I put my Full name including middle name it took me to another page which says book group or private but I think I will call council tomorrow.

Will update you on my steps. I hope either yours should have arrived or will arrive soon.

Thank you very much for the information. Best of luck

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aswadi » Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:33 pm

I've also been trying to check if Westminster has my certificate via the online booking tool.

I'm starting to worry my approval letter does not include the reference everyone else is using.

In the top right I have:

Our Ref - left blank

Your Ref - left blank

Case ID 0xxxxxxxx

Date 09 October 2020

Could you please let me know if you are also using the Case ID or in fact for you the "our ref" was provided?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Kay100 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:25 pm

kamalshah74 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:15 pm
zeetee wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:30 pm
Yazzz95 wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:14 pm
Hi,
I've seen on thread today that some October approvals have recieved invitation email today.
Just wondering if everyone from October approval have received invitation today or just some of you. (Just to see whether October backlog is cleared now or not yet as 12 weeks waiting period is over for them)
Cheers.
Not all of them. I was approved on 19th oct and still waiting. Hopefully it will be this week
I think these October ones seem to have been dispatched. I was approved on 22 October 2020 too. I got a reply today from HO as follows:

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email

I can confirm that your invitation has been dispatched on 9th January by 2nd class post, please allow 10-14 days for delivery

So hopefully the letter comes soon
Hi

Did you just get the random email from HO or did you email them to enquire about the invitation letter? Just wanna know because I have not made any contact with them since I received the approval email on 22 October 2020. I believe it’ll be 12 weeks this week?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Kay100 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:27 pm

Kay100 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:25 pm
kamalshah74 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:15 pm
zeetee wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:30 pm
Yazzz95 wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:14 pm
Hi,
I've seen on thread today that some October approvals have recieved invitation email today.
Just wondering if everyone from October approval have received invitation today or just some of you. (Just to see whether October backlog is cleared now or not yet as 12 weeks waiting period is over for them)
Cheers.
Not all of them. I was approved on 19th oct and still waiting. Hopefully it will be this week
I think these October ones seem to have been dispatched. I was approved on 22 October 2020 too. I got a reply today from HO as follows:

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email

I can confirm that your invitation has been dispatched on 9th January by 2nd class post, please allow 10-14 days for delivery

So hopefully the letter comes soon
Hi

Did you just get the random email from HO or did you email them to enquire about the invitation letter? Just wanna know because I have not made any contact with them since I received the approval email on 22 October 2020. I believe it’ll be 12 weeks this week?

No comms from them yet as at the time of typing this.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Kay100 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:28 pm

Kay100 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:27 pm
Kay100 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:25 pm
kamalshah74 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:15 pm
zeetee wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:30 pm


Not all of them. I was approved on 19th oct and still waiting. Hopefully it will be this week
I think these October ones seem to have been dispatched. I was approved on 22 October 2020 too. I got a reply today from HO as follows:

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email

I can confirm that your invitation has been dispatched on 9th January by 2nd class post, please allow 10-14 days for delivery

So hopefully the letter comes soon
Hi

Did you just get the random email from HO or did you email them to enquire about the invitation letter? Just wanna know because I have not made any contact with them since I received the approval email on 22 October 2020. I believe it’ll be 12 weeks this week?

No comms from them yet as at the time of typing this.

Thank you

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