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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Rocky999 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:12 pm

Hi all

I received my ceremony invite this morning(13-01-2021) via post; letter dated 18-12-2020.

I was approved on 12-10-2020.

Rang Staffordshire council, they said that they will contact me to arrange ceremony.

Many thanks

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by dragon098 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:45 pm

Is there anyone who has update from Wandsworth Council regarding ceremony.

I called them around 10:00am and the guy in telephone told me to email them to book virtual ceremony and that there are around 160 people are waiting for their ceremony. I might be 161th.

Anyways, anyone recently did ceremony or did anyone get booked in successfully. I still haven't got letter from Royal Mail and Wandsworth SW18 seems to be having delays :(

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by CULLINAN » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:50 pm

Jefymum wrote:
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.
This may help:

PROCESS to follow for members under Hounslow Council

Hounslow Council is still carrying out Virtual Ceremonies for £125 in National Lockdown.

You need to wait till you get an invitation from HO (via email or post) first.

Once you receive the HO invitation, you have to email: citizenship@hounslow.gov.uk with details as mentioned in the link below.

The lady is pretty efficient and calls back within 1-2 days to book you in.

Virtual ceremonies availability is running around late Jan for now. Group ceremonies (free) around April. Not sure if they are booking for group ceremonies for now or not.
https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20121/ ... ceremonies
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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by raij » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:05 pm

GUYS!!( AND LADIES) IT FINALLY HAPPENED! After 7,5 MONTHS WAIT my invite arrived!
Thank you for keeping me sane, listening to me moaning!
It wasn't easy i had an MP , and 2 other organizations (for ex army) involved to try and get home office to answer as to why i was waiting so long for my invitation letter
My timeline
Applied feb 2019
approval 4th june 2019
Invite letter arrived 13 jan 2021 Letter dated 22 December
Ceremony date- unknown as my local council is not doing these atm.
If you like me are waiting such a long time , please keep asking your MP to help , they are able to get more answers than i could

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Omyousif » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:07 pm

Hello all
This from cardiff council when am asked them about situation:
Virtual ceremonies are not something we are currently offering, we will review the situation again following the next welsh government announcement at the end of the month.
Any one from cardiff still waiting.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by raij » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:11 pm

Omyousif wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:07 pm
Hello all
This from cardiff council when am asked them about situation:
Virtual ceremonies are not something we are currently offering, we will review the situation again following the next welsh government announcement at the end of the month.
Any one from cardiff still waiting.
i am with cardiff too , thats what they said to me too

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Kratosan » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:20 pm

8th October Approval here
Received invitation letter today from the home office.
Called my council to book a private ceremony (Wakefield Council currently doesn't offer virtual ceremonies) and was given an appointment for Monday 18th January with no charge.

Good luck to everyone else who is still waiting!

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by nnn15 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:30 pm

After nearly 10 months my citizenship ceremony invitation finally arrived today!

Timeline: applied in February 2020, approved in March 2020, citizenship ceremony invitation dated 23 December 2020 arrived on 13 January 2021.

I had to submit several complaints to the Home Office and involve my MP as I didn't get any case-specific response via the standard Home Office support channels.

Westminster council has been extremely helpful and responsive. They conduct private virtual ceremonies during the lockdown at the cost of 10 pounds for the certificate postage fee.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by raij » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:41 pm

nnn15 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:30 pm
After nearly 10 months my citizenship ceremony invitation finally arrived today!

Timeline: applied in February 2020, approved in March 2020, citizenship ceremony invitation dated 23 December 2020 arrived on 13 January 2021.

I had to submit several complaints to the Home Office and involve my MP as I didn't get any case-specific response via the standard Home Office support channels.

Westminster council has been extremely helpful and responsive. They conduct private virtual ceremonies during the lockdown at the cost of 10 pounds for the certificate postage fee.
Yayyy well done lovely ! mine turned up today too xx

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Jefymum » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:57 pm

CULLINAN wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:50 pm
Jefymum wrote:
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.
This may help:

PROCESS to follow for members under Hounslow Council

Hounslow Council is still carrying out Virtual Ceremonies for £125 in National Lockdown.

You need to wait till you get an invitation from HO (via email or post) first.

Once you receive the HO invitation, you have to email: citizenship@hounslow.gov.uk with details as mentioned in the link below.

The lady is pretty efficient and calls back within 1-2 days to book you in.

Virtual ceremonies availability is running around late Jan for now. Group ceremonies (free) around April. Not sure if they are booking for group ceremonies for now or not.
https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20121/ ... ceremonies
Thanks so much Cullinan. I've emailed them. Thanks for being so helpful and polite 👏

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Dreams101 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:59 pm

raij wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:41 pm
nnn15 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:30 pm
After nearly 10 months my citizenship ceremony invitation finally arrived today!

Timeline: applied in February 2020, approved in March 2020, citizenship ceremony invitation dated 23 December 2020 arrived on 13 January 2021.

I had to submit several complaints to the Home Office and involve my MP as I didn't get any case-specific response via the standard Home Office support channels.

Westminster council has been extremely helpful and responsive. They conduct private virtual ceremonies during the lockdown at the cost of 10 pounds for the certificate postage fee.
Yayyy well done lovely ! mine turned up today too xx
Congratulations to you both, @raij and nnn15. It must be such a relief after the long wait. Very happy for you. Please keep us posted on your ceremonies.
I on the other hand haven't received anything yet. Last time I heard from the HO was 30 Nov when they said the following:

I am upholding your complaint. Unfortunately, due to an administrative error, the relevant paperwork was not generated and despatched.
I am pleased to confirm that this error has now been rectified and your caseworker has contacted you today to advise that we will write to you when we have despatched your certificate to your Local Authority. In that letter we will also provide details for you to then contact your Local Authority to book a ceremony. I regret that I am unable to provide an exact timescale for completion.


I haven't heard anything since then. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by CULLINAN » Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:59 pm

Jefymum wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:57 pm
Welcome. Please let us know the earliest dates offered. This will help others also. Thank you.
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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by MLep » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:17 pm

Today was a great day, I finally received my HO invitation letter for my citizenship ceremony in the mail. I tried to book it online at RBKC for a private ceremony (virtual) but it said they did not have any appointments available and to reach out to them by phone. I called and a very nice lady booked me for a public ceremony (free) on 19/1/2021. This saved me £200 (cost for virtual). Here is my timeline:
Applied online 14/09/2020
Biometrics 05/10/2020
HO approval email 30/10/2020
HO Ceremony Invitation letter 13/01/2021 dated 19/12/2020
Ceremony booked for 19/01/2021

Good luck to everyone! I will update again after my ceremony next week. 😊

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aswadi » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:22 pm

Dreams101 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:59 pm
raij wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:41 pm
nnn15 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:30 pm
After nearly 10 months my citizenship ceremony invitation finally arrived today!

Timeline: applied in February 2020, approved in March 2020, citizenship ceremony invitation dated 23 December 2020 arrived on 13 January 2021.

I had to submit several complaints to the Home Office and involve my MP as I didn't get any case-specific response via the standard Home Office support channels.

Westminster council has been extremely helpful and responsive. They conduct private virtual ceremonies during the lockdown at the cost of 10 pounds for the certificate postage fee.
Yayyy well done lovely ! mine turned up today too xx
Congratulations to you both, @raij and nnn15. It must be such a relief after the long wait. Very happy for you. Please keep us posted on your ceremonies.
I on the other hand haven't received anything yet. Last time I heard from the HO was 30 Nov when they said the following:

I am upholding your complaint. Unfortunately, due to an administrative error, the relevant paperwork was not generated and despatched.
I am pleased to confirm that this error has now been rectified and your caseworker has contacted you today to advise that we will write to you when we have despatched your certificate to your Local Authority. In that letter we will also provide details for you to then contact your Local Authority to book a ceremony. I regret that I am unable to provide an exact timescale for completion.


I haven't heard anything since then. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.
I would just advise you to complain again as per their website: "...if you believe your complaint has not been dealt with properly. You should start by contacting us again and asking for your complaint to be passed on to a more senior member of staff."

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Post by aswadi » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:22 pm

Dreams101 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:59 pm
raij wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:41 pm
nnn15 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:30 pm
After nearly 10 months my citizenship ceremony invitation finally arrived today!

Timeline: applied in February 2020, approved in March 2020, citizenship ceremony invitation dated 23 December 2020 arrived on 13 January 2021.

I had to submit several complaints to the Home Office and involve my MP as I didn't get any case-specific response via the standard Home Office support channels.

Westminster council has been extremely helpful and responsive. They conduct private virtual ceremonies during the lockdown at the cost of 10 pounds for the certificate postage fee.
Yayyy well done lovely ! mine turned up today too xx
Congratulations to you both, @raij and nnn15. It must be such a relief after the long wait. Very happy for you. Please keep us posted on your ceremonies.
I on the other hand haven't received anything yet. Last time I heard from the HO was 30 Nov when they said the following:

I am upholding your complaint. Unfortunately, due to an administrative error, the relevant paperwork was not generated and despatched.
I am pleased to confirm that this error has now been rectified and your caseworker has contacted you today to advise that we will write to you when we have despatched your certificate to your Local Authority. In that letter we will also provide details for you to then contact your Local Authority to book a ceremony. I regret that I am unable to provide an exact timescale for completion.


I haven't heard anything since then. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.
I would just advise you to complain again as per their website: "...if you believe your complaint has not been dealt with properly. You should start by contacting us again and asking for your complaint to be passed on to a more senior member of staff."

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aswadi » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:35 pm

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.
I just tried to use the online booking tool for the 3rd time today and my records were now located meaning Westminster has my certificate. Original approval date was 9 October.

Invitation is still outstanding (I recently changed address which I notified the home office of, have royal mail redirect on the old address in place, and have spoken to the new tenants). Hopefully I will get my hands on it.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by westminster1213 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:58 pm

aswadi wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:35 pm
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.
I just tried to use the online booking tool for the 3rd time today and my records were now located meaning Westminster has my certificate. Original approval date was 9 October.

Invitation is still outstanding (I recently changed address which I notified the home office of, have royal mail redirect on the old address in place, and have spoken to the new tenants). Hopefully I will get my hands on it.
Did you use the home office approval letter reference number?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aswadi » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:03 pm

westminster1213 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:58 pm
aswadi wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:35 pm
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.
I just tried to use the online booking tool for the 3rd time today and my records were now located meaning Westminster has my certificate. Original approval date was 9 October.

Invitation is still outstanding (I recently changed address which I notified the home office of, have royal mail redirect on the old address in place, and have spoken to the new tenants). Hopefully I will get my hands on it.
Did you use the home office approval letter reference number?
Yes the case ID. Mine started with 02 and then 7 further digits.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by aswadi » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:06 pm

Can anyone who has received the invitation via mail confirm whether the letter/envelope says something like "Do not redirect"?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by CULLINAN » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:07 pm

aswadi wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:06 pm
Can anyone who has received the invitation via mail confirm whether the letter/envelope says something like "Do not redirect"?
Official mail is usually not redirected.
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