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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by MALCOM2 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:34 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
Plse is any chance to let me know if I can use my idiot-phone for a virtual ceremony? I’m still waiting for my invitation letter.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by CULLINAN » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:40 pm

MALCOM2 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:34 pm
Yes you can use your smart phone for virtual ceremony.
Personal opinion only, not to be mistaken for legal advice. Please DO NOT PM me for immigration advice. Love for All, Hatred for None.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aswadi » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:41 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.
Please let me know if you are using the case ID which is a nine digit number from your approval letter or whether there was another type of reference included?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by westminster1213 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:52 pm

Hi,

Which link are you checking if the council has your certificate?

Thanks

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by MALCOM2 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:06 am

CULLINAN wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:40 pm
MALCOM2 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:34 pm
Yes you can use your smart phone for virtual ceremony.
Thanks cullinan . I’m still waiting Another month to go . Approval date 25 November . When do you think I should receive my invitation.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by dragon098 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:15 am

aswadi wrote:
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?
Hi Aswadi,

Yes, your Case ID is your Ref number. You can use that in council to check if your certificate has arrived or not. Make sure you put in your full name.

Good Luck

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by PhantomPermit » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:06 am

approved 15th Oct

reply:
"You will receive your invitation soon, we are close to sending invite for approvals from that date. Please bear with us as we hope to send your invite in one of next cohorts"

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by westminster1213 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:10 am

westminster1213 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:52 pm
Hi,

Which link are you checking if the council has your certificate?

Thanks
i meant for westminster council

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by alexdreame » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:26 am

westminster1213 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:10 am
westminster1213 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:52 pm
Hi,

Which link are you checking if the council has your certificate?

Thanks
i meant for westminster council
Hey, Westminster City Council used to have the option to book ceremony online using the reference number but it is now removed from their website. Since they moved to virtual ceremonies only they want you to get in touch via email once you have received the letter and book a ceremony. I have emailed them today to check if they have received my certificate on registeroffice@westminster.gov.uk. I was approved on the 19th of October. Also good to know is that according to their website, you will need to be physically present within the UK in order to take part in a virtual citizenship ceremony. Now, I find this very frustrating because unfortunately I am stuck abroad and unable to return to the UK at the moment because of lockdown 3.0. I am not sure how and If they check, but don't think it's worth the risk.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by masam52 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:59 am

CULLINAN wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:00 pm
masam52 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:58 am
For those who had the ceremony online...

How was it? What questions do they ask?

I read they first ask you where you are. That means you cannot have the online ceremony if you are abroad.
You must be in UK to attend a virtual ceremony also.
And do you have to be in your home address for the virtual ceremony or is it ok as long as you are in the UK? I am currently at my sister's house in another city of the UK.

I don't know what questions they will ask.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aswadi » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:04 am

alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:26 am
westminster1213 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:10 am
westminster1213 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:52 pm
Hi,

Which link are you checking if the council has your certificate?

Thanks
i meant for westminster council
Hey, Westminster City Council used to have the option to book ceremony online using the reference number but it is now removed from their website. Since they moved to virtual ceremonies only they want you to get in touch via email once you have received the letter and book a ceremony. I have emailed them today to check if they have received my certificate on registeroffice@westminster.gov.uk. I was approved on the 19th of October. Also good to know is that according to their website, you will need to be physically present within the UK in order to take part in a virtual citizenship ceremony. Now, I find this very frustrating because unfortunately I am stuck abroad and unable to return to the UK at the moment because of lockdown 3.0. I am not sure how and If they check, but don't think it's worth the risk.
Here is the link: https://registrars.westminster.gov.uk/A ... ignup.aspx

Could be that they are currently not "updating" that though and checking there is pointless.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aswadi » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:04 am

masam52 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:59 am
CULLINAN wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:00 pm
masam52 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:58 am
For those who had the ceremony online...

How was it? What questions do they ask?

I read they first ask you where you are. That means you cannot have the online ceremony if you are abroad.
You must be in UK to attend a virtual ceremony also.
And do you have to be in your home address for the virtual ceremony or is it ok as long as you are in the UK? I am currently at my sister's house in another city of the UK.

I don't know what questions they will ask.
Don't worry you can be anywhere in the UK.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by alexdreame » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:10 am

aswadi wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:04 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:26 am
westminster1213 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:10 am
westminster1213 wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:52 pm
Hi,

Which link are you checking if the council has your certificate?

Thanks
i meant for westminster council
Hey, Westminster City Council used to have the option to book ceremony online using the reference number but it is now removed from their website. Since they moved to virtual ceremonies only they want you to get in touch via email once you have received the letter and book a ceremony. I have emailed them today to check if they have received my certificate on registeroffice@westminster.gov.uk. I was approved on the 19th of October. Also good to know is that according to their website, you will need to be physically present within the UK in order to take part in a virtual citizenship ceremony. Now, I find this very frustrating because unfortunately I am stuck abroad and unable to return to the UK at the moment because of lockdown 3.0. I am not sure how and If they check, but don't think it's worth the risk.
Here is the link: https://registrars.westminster.gov.uk/A ... ignup.aspx

Could be that they are currently not "updating" that though and checking there is pointless.
Thank you!

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by alexdreame » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:36 am

alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:10 am
aswadi wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:04 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:26 am
westminster1213 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:10 am


i meant for westminster council
Hey, Westminster City Council used to have the option to book ceremony online using the reference number but it is now removed from their website. Since they moved to virtual ceremonies only they want you to get in touch via email once you have received the letter and book a ceremony. I have emailed them today to check if they have received my certificate on registeroffice@westminster.gov.uk. I was approved on the 19th of October. Also good to know is that according to their website, you will need to be physically present within the UK in order to take part in a virtual citizenship ceremony. Now, I find this very frustrating because unfortunately I am stuck abroad and unable to return to the UK at the moment because of lockdown 3.0. I am not sure how and If they check, but don't think it's worth the risk.
Here is the link: https://registrars.westminster.gov.uk/A ... ignup.aspx

Could be that they are currently not "updating" that though and checking there is pointless.
Thank you!
Update - i just checked the site using the reference number from the successful application letter and it seems to be updated as I am able to book a ceremony. Previously it would say the information would not match, so that means the website is updated and the council must have received the certificate and uploaded the details to their database.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by westminster1213 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:47 am

alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:36 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:10 am
aswadi wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:04 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:26 am


Hey, Westminster City Council used to have the option to book ceremony online using the reference number but it is now removed from their website. Since they moved to virtual ceremonies only they want you to get in touch via email once you have received the letter and book a ceremony. I have emailed them today to check if they have received my certificate on registeroffice@westminster.gov.uk. I was approved on the 19th of October. Also good to know is that according to their website, you will need to be physically present within the UK in order to take part in a virtual citizenship ceremony. Now, I find this very frustrating because unfortunately I am stuck abroad and unable to return to the UK at the moment because of lockdown 3.0. I am not sure how and If they check, but don't think it's worth the risk.
Here is the link: https://registrars.westminster.gov.uk/A ... ignup.aspx

Could be that they are currently not "updating" that though and checking there is pointless.
Thank you!
Update - i just checked the site using the reference number from the successful application letter and it seems to be updated as I am able to book a ceremony. Previously it would say the information would not match, so that means the website is updated and the council must have received the certificate and uploaded the details to their database.
not working for me i.e they cannot retreive my details. i also got approved on 19th of October

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by alexdreame » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:02 am

westminster1213 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:47 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:36 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:10 am
aswadi wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:04 am


Here is the link: https://registrars.westminster.gov.uk/A ... ignup.aspx

Could be that they are currently not "updating" that though and checking there is pointless.
Thank you!
Update - i just checked the site using the reference number from the successful application letter and it seems to be updated as I am able to book a ceremony. Previously it would say the information would not match, so that means the website is updated and the council must have received the certificate and uploaded the details to their database.
not working for me i.e they cannot retreive my details. i also got approved on 19th of October
How strange! Have you got a middle name? maybe you need to write it after your first name. In my case thats the case you need to write It as per your original application.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by alexdreame » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:02 am

westminster1213 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:47 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:36 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:10 am
aswadi wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:04 am


Here is the link: https://registrars.westminster.gov.uk/A ... ignup.aspx

Could be that they are currently not "updating" that though and checking there is pointless.
Thank you!
Update - i just checked the site using the reference number from the successful application letter and it seems to be updated as I am able to book a ceremony. Previously it would say the information would not match, so that means the website is updated and the council must have received the certificate and uploaded the details to their database.
not working for me i.e they cannot retreive my details. i also got approved on 19th of October
How strange! Have you got a middle name? maybe you need to write it after your first name. In my case thats the case you need to write It as per your original application.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Jefymum » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:47 am

Update: Approved 20th October
Invitation received today 13th January. Hounslow Council.

Good luck to all who are waiting.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by kamalshah74 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:50 am

alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:02 am
westminster1213 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:47 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:36 am
alexdreame wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:10 am


Thank you!
Update - i just checked the site using the reference number from the successful application letter and it seems to be updated as I am able to book a ceremony. Previously it would say the information would not match, so that means the website is updated and the council must have received the certificate and uploaded the details to their database.
not working for me i.e they cannot retreive my details. i also got approved on 19th of October
How strange! Have you got a middle name? maybe you need to write it after your first name. In my case thats the case you need to write It as per your original application.
Same here. Got approved on 22 October. HO has said letter is in the post. I called Westminster yesterday and they said they will check and call me back. No response yet. They did mention that i cannot use the HO reference or case ID in my approval letter. The reference for the ceremony booking will start with 02xxx (i think). I also tried to book online on the link and it is not working for me. Let's see if someone responds via phone today. WIll update

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by onvan25 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:10 pm

Just got my invitation letter from the HO today.
I got approved on the 29th of October and the letter is dated 22nd of December.
I'm in Birmingham Council. They are doing virtual ceremonies and I'm still waiting for them to confirm when that will be.

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