smarioana91 wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:42 pm
I finished the process today and wanted to share my experience, as this forum has been super useful to me along the way.
I became eligible for naturalisation on January 22nd, 2019, having had the permanent residence since 22nd January 2018 (after five years of living in the UK, two as student, three employed full time). I took the Life in the UK test on Jan 29th (what horror - they almost didn't accept my proof of address because I only get e-billed every six months!! - take this into careful consideration - bills cannot be older than 3 months and must be posted) and submitted my application online on February 1st. I found the questionnaire very easy to navigate. If you did the permanent residence application, you will find it very easy (most answers you can copy paste from the PR application form, if you downloaded it)
. The Home Office page then prompts you to make the payment (1340 pounds, I think + biometrics), but I think before that, you MUST download the two referee forms as pdf. You then get redirected to the UKVI Sopra blabla website, where you can a) book an appointment and b) upload all your documents.
Re a) - there were no free appointments around me fo the next two weeks, and I wanted this to be over asap, so I paid 100 pounds to have an appointment on 4.02 in Birmingham.
re b) make sure you upload everything - even if it's more than you think they want. No document will exchange hands in the UKVI centre later, so make sure everything you want the Home Office to see is uploaded.
I found the uploading procedure very straightforward and functional.
In the weekend between submission and appointment I got the two signatures from my referees, stuck my passport pictures on the references and scanned those too, uploading them to the UKVI page as well.
Today I went for my appointment at 6pm to the Birmingham centre - I arrived extremely early because I came by train from Oxfordshire, but they let me in and gave me a number, which was called rather promptly, first for a check that documents are scanned, then for biometrics, and lastly to check all documents are uploaded well and to scan my passport. The gentleman who dealt with me only scanned the pages with a stamp, scanned by PR permit and that was it. He didn't ask to see any original documents. It was all extremely fast and nice, I can only commend the staff there for how pleasant and helpful they were.
One thing to add, because it really confused me, is what proof of life in the UK means - when you submit online and get to the stage where you need to tick the boxes of the documents you can provide, one category is proof of life in the uk
, but it stipulates that they don't accept bills and bank statements (which was the whole thing in the PR application). They say government letters (I don't get any, thank God...maybe only my tax statement every year and the poll card for local elections) or letters from employers. I was very confused about this, so I ended up going overboard and uploading P60s for every year of employment, and a signed and stamped letter from each employer confirming for how long they've employed me and that it was on a full-time basis. Maybe I exaggerated and P60s would've sufficed, but I wanted to make sure.
Good luck everyone, it's not as bad!! I found the PR application worse.