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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Lime43 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:07 am

naruto wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:24 pm
Lime43 wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:18 am
Hi all,

Just booked my virtual ceremony with council! The timeline was:

Application submitted in January
Biometric appointment attended in February
Approval received in March
Yesterday I received an email from the Home Office with the invitation to the ceremony! Booked the ceremony for 28th April.

Receiving an email instead of a letter was quite unexpected :D I recently changed my address in the UK, informed the HO after receiving the approval - now thinking if this might be the reason for the electronic invitation to the ceremony.

Good luck to everyone who's waiting!
Congratulations mate

Can u ask you what date on March were you approved pleases?
Thank you! I was approved on 25th March I think.

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Post by klm433 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:40 pm

I have received my ceremony invitation letter this afternoon (Southwark council). The citizenship application was approved on 25 February and the invitation letter is dated 9 April. Will book the ceremony soon to get the process wrapped up!

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Post by nicola113 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:44 pm

Hi all, received my invitation by post today!

Nationality: EU
Date of application: 5th Nov2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 2nd Dec 2020
Date on Approval: 9 march 2021
Date of receipt of ceremony letter: 19 April 2021
Date on the letter printed: 12 April 2021
Date of private ceremony: 19 May 2021 (only one slot available - none for the public)

Good luck to everyone waiting :)

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by bizman » Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:21 pm

It seems March approvals are now moving. Hopefully it will get to me soon
Bizman

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Post by Jojo0316 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:27 pm

Hi guys. I was approved on the 15th of Jan 2021. I’ve still not got my invitation letter and I’ve emailed my local council as well and they have not received my certificate. What could the reasons? I have also emailed and called home office many times and no answer. Could anyone please let me know what could be the reasons for the delays and what can I do?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by bizman » Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:19 am

Sometimes I imagine why the HO behave like that. They have started to give March approvals their ceremony invitation letter, yet there are January approvals not yet treated. It’s so awkward and quite frustrating.

Your only option is to wait for your letter, of course you can continue to call the line you called earlier, you might be lucky to speak to someone.
Bizman

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Post by nicola113 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:53 am

My wife have never received the confirmation e mail but she got the letter same day as me .

so for her:

Nationality: EU
Date of application: 5th Nov2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 2nd Dec 2020
Date on Approval: never received
Date of receipt of ceremony letter: 19 April 2021
Date on the letter printed: 12 April 2021

good luck

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Post by DreamerInDarkness » Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:51 am

February approval and still haven't got my invitation letter.

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Post by GosiaID » Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:20 pm

Hello, Looking for some advice, as Im still waiting for my ceremory invitation

Nationality: EU
Date of application: 16th Sep2020
Date on Approval: 24 Nov2020
Date of receipt of ceremony letter: awaiting

Please can you let me know where should I call/email if i want to get more information about delay in my ceremony? Also Do you advice to call my council even if I didn't get invitation? the only problem is I put a Westminster as my ceremony place. I was during a house change during application and I wasn't sure which council i should pick up (so i picked up the most centre one for ceremony)

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by ojliaa » Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:50 pm

Simba2021 wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:44 pm
Mak9878 wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:05 pm
Mak9878 wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:29 pm
Hi Everyone,

Hope you all are fine.

My timeline is mentioned below but I am still waiting for invitation letter from Home Office and Newham council since approval on 07/01/2021.

Eligibility criteria: 5 year (Tier 1 Entrepreneur) + 1 year ILR
Language/LIUK Criteria: UK Degree + LIUK
Nationality: Non-EU Pakistan
Method of application: online
Date of application: 19/10/2020
Date of acknowledgement: 20/10/2020
Date of debit of fees: 19/10/2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 03/11/2020
Date of receipt of approval: 07/01/2021 by email
Date on Approval letter: 07/01/2021 by email pdf file attached.
Date of receipt of ceremony invitation letter from Newham Council: waiting
Date of receipt of ceremony invitation letter from Home Office: waiting
Date of Ceremony: waiting

Have anyone had approval from January 2021 from Newham council?

Has anyone received invitation letter either from Home Office or Newham Council since January approval only? And shall I chase up home office for invitation letter and on which email address?

Is Newham inviting for ceremonies virtually or in person?

Please guide
Received Ceremony Invitation Letter from HO: 31/03/2021, date on letter is 17/03/2021.

Instructed on letter to book within 21 days of receipt of letter with your council (Newham).

I logged into Newham website, it is asking Group and and Private Ceremony option. Private ceremony is costing £105.

Is Private ceremony free in coronavirus pandemic?

Group ceremoney dates are coming after three month.


Plz guide
Great that you received your letters. I am still to receive the invitation from Essex council. They appear to be so slow in the way they do things. The coronovirus epidemic has masked the incompetence in how public services are discharged.
Just to update as I noticed today that there are many slots available in Newham Council London to book or Re-Book/Change. I changed/Re-Booked my Citizenship Ceremony from 1st June to 27th of April 2021.
Almighty Allah be very much Thanked!!!

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Post by Jojo0316 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:35 pm

bizman wrote:
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:19 am
Sometimes I imagine why the HO behave like that. They have started to give March approvals their ceremony invitation letter, yet there are January approvals not yet treated. It’s so awkward and quite frustrating.

Your only option is to wait for your letter, of course you can continue to call the line you called earlier, you might be lucky to speak to someone.
Thank you my friend. I guess I have to just keep waiting and hope for the best.

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Post by Aisha123 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:02 am

Hi,Anyone from Glasgow booked citizenship ceremony?
My husband booked appointment after 3 months in august !!!

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Post by Aisha123 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:17 am

abhijit19 wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:50 am
Date of receipt of approval: 19/01/2021 (sent via email)
Date of receipt of ceremony letter: 06/04/2021
Date on letter: 23/03/2021
Date of Ceremony: 28th July!!!

Waltham forest is really backlogged and aren't doing ANY private ceremonies. So have to wait ANOTHER 3 months for a 20 minute ceremony...aggghhh
My husband booked one on august !!!!! They said government instructions

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Cure123 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 4:06 pm

Hi All,

After how long the local authorities will receive the certificate after HO invitation letter?

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Post by Bazaar » Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:54 pm

Aisha123 wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:17 am
abhijit19 wrote:
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:50 am
Date of receipt of approval: 19/01/2021 (sent via email)
Date of receipt of ceremony letter: 06/04/2021
Date on letter: 23/03/2021
Date of Ceremony: 28th July!!!

Waltham forest is really backlogged and aren't doing ANY private ceremonies. So have to wait ANOTHER 3 months for a 20 minute ceremony...aggghhh
My husband booked one on august !!!!! They said government instructions
at least I'm not the only one who is waiting also 3 months for a ceremony :( (Hounslow council)

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Manu_here » Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:03 am

Hi,

Applied for for British citizenship on 28th Ocotber 2020
Biometric was done on 24th November 2020
Approval -3rd Feb 2021

I am from Newham council London and can see lot of member have got their ceremony letter later than Feb but I am still waiting for ceremony letter from UKBA .
I sent mail twice to them and got reply as still not despatched and will be despatched when COVID restriction will be eased which also in place .Its going to be almost 3 months and they have not despatched letter to me.
Is anyone in similar situation ?

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Post by Xdee » Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:44 am

Hi,

My family got citizenship approved on dec 31/2020 and got an appointment for ceremony on 08/06/2021. My wife is currently out of UK in my home country and wont be able to make it back for ceremony . I Know that UKBA had extended the timeline for attending ceremony from 3 months to 6 months but anyone has idea of it can be extended further ? How do i contact them for same ?

Thankyou.

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Post by Jojo0316 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:56 pm

Manu_here wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:03 am
Hi,

Applied for for British citizenship on 28th Ocotber 2020
Biometric was done on 24th November 2020
Approval -3rd Feb 2021

I am from Newham council London and can see lot of member have got their ceremony letter later than Feb but I am still waiting for ceremony letter from UKBA .
I sent mail twice to them and got reply as still not despatched and will be despatched when COVID restriction will be eased which also in place .Its going to be almost 3 months and they have not despatched letter to me.
Is anyone in similar situation ?
Yes my friend. I am in the same boat as you. I was approved on the 15th of Jan. your timeline and mine are more or less the same. I received the same email from them saying my documents are not even printed yet and will be printed and dispatched in the next few weeks. What does next few weeks mean? Could be anything. 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 3 months?

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Cure123 » Sat Apr 24, 2021 9:31 pm

Hi friends,

I want to ask if anyone in this forum has his/her citizenship ceremony with Kingston council. I had my invitation letter, tried to call them no luck. I have request a call back from the website, but not got back to me yet. From your experience, how long normally they will call an individual after getting your citizenship invitation letter? Any contract number you can share with me please?

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Post by yozgur » Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:17 pm

Hello all,
I have received my decision letter a couple of weeks ago, currently awaiting for ceremony invite letter.
Could you please let me know how do you receive invite letter via post or email because the decision letter has arrived via email?
Once the ceremony invite has been despatched do we get an confirmation email or anything?
Thank you

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Post by negmas » Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:16 pm

yozgur wrote:
Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:17 pm
Hello all,
I have received my decision letter a couple of weeks ago, currently awaiting for ceremony invite letter.
Could you please let me know how do you receive invite letter via post or email because the decision letter has arrived via email?
Once the ceremony invite has been despatched do we get an confirmation email or anything?
Thank you
I think it can both. One person responded in this thread that they Received an email instead of a letter...

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Post by Rmast93 » Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:38 pm

Hi

Just got my invitation letter Bradford Council.

Approval letter by emaiĺ 16/03/2021
Ceremony invitation dated 12/04/2021.
Waiting on Ceremony date from council......

Good luck to you all.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Cure123 » Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:04 pm

Rmast93 wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:38 pm
Hi

Just got my invitation letter Bradford Council.

Approval letter by emaiĺ 16/03/2021
Ceremony invitation dated 12/04/2021.
Waiting on Ceremony date from council......

Good luck to you all.
Did you contact the council and what did they say

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Post by Rmast93 » Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:16 pm

Cure123 wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:04 pm
Rmast93 wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:38 pm
Hi

Just got my invitation letter Bradford Council.

Approval letter by emaiĺ 16/03/2021
Ceremony invitation dated 12/04/2021.
Waiting on Ceremony date from council......

Good luck to you all.
Did you contact the council and what did they say
I called and they told me to send a request to them via the council website. After sending the message there was an auto reply saying it may take up to 5 days to get a response due to high number of requests.

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Re: Citizenship Ceremony cancelled due to Covid-19

Post by Cure123 » Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:21 pm

Rmast93 wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:16 pm
Cure123 wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:04 pm
Rmast93 wrote:
Mon Apr 26, 2021 2:38 pm
Hi

Just got my invitation letter Bradford Council.

Approval letter by emaiĺ 16/03/2021
Ceremony invitation dated 12/04/2021.
Waiting on Ceremony date from council......

Good luck to you all.
Did you contact the council and what did they say
I called and they told me to send a request to them via the council website. After sending the message there was an auto reply saying it may take up to 5 days to get a response due to high number of requests.
Great, please keep me posted. I am still waiting a reply from my council. Radio silence

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