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February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

A section for posts relating to applications for Naturalisation or Registration as a British Citizen. Naturalisation

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by jsamad » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:16 pm

Finally the good news, brown envelope were waiting for me in my letter box.
A huge thank you to all in the forum, its the best :D

Eligibility criteria: WP + Tier 1 +1 yr ILR
Language criteria met (UK degree, exempt countries, PBS used documents, NARIC, or B1 test): PBS Document + Certificate from University Medium of Instruct + LIUK
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Tower Hamlets, London
Date of application: 03-Feb
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Debit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: - 04/02
Date of aknowlegment: -
Date of debit or clearance of fees: -
Date approval received: - 26/03/14 (Dated 18/03/14)
Date of ceremony:- TBC

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by sams7 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:49 am

Unbelievable. Less than a month later after the HO debited my fees, I have got the Council letter adivisng successful application.

Eligibility criteria: Tier 1 + spouse of BC
Language criteria met: UK Masters Degree
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Camden
Date of application: 24/02/2014 (Monday)
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Credit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: 26/02/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of acknowledgment: 05/03/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 28/02/2014 (Friday)
Date approval received: 26/03/2014 (letter dated 25/03/2014) - This is the Council letter and not the HO letter. Awaiting HO Brown Enevelop.
Date of ceremony: 14/04/2014

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by ssingh6 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:57 am

congrats sams7,superfast!!

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by kassem » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:57 am

sams7 wrote:Unbelievable. Less than a month later after the HO debited my fees, I have got the Council letter adivisng successful application.

Eligibility criteria: Tier 1 + spouse of BC
Language criteria met: UK Masters Degree
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Camden
Date of application: 24/02/2014 (Monday)
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Credit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: 26/02/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of acknowledgment: 05/03/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 28/02/2014 (Friday)
Date approval received: 26/03/2014 (letter dated 25/03/2014) - This is the Council letter and not the HO letter. Awaiting HO Brown Enevelop.
Date of ceremony: 14/04/2014
Congratulation sams7. That is an impressive timeline!! it makes all February applicants hope for imminent approvals. I have almost the same timeline!

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by babe_khyber » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:34 am

Congratulation its very good news for Feb application.
I applied on 21 Feb by ncs home office receipt 24 Feb. Fee debit 26th Feb. acknowledgment received 1st Mar dated 26 Feb. waiting for approval.
best wishes
babe khyber

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by pereguinn » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:38 am

Another update:
pereguinn wrote:Update:
pereguinn wrote:Eligibility criteria: 5+ years residence
Language criteria met: exempt countries
Current nationality: Canadian
Method of application: Self - Special Delivery
Council name if NCS used:
Date of application: 06/02/14
Payment method: Debit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: 07/02/14
Date of aknowlegment: 15/02/14 (dated 12/02/14)
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 12/02/14
Date approval received: 26/03/2014 (dated 19/03/2014)
Date of ceremony: tbc
Good luck everyone

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by seyi » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:58 am

Language criteria met (UK degree, exempt countries, PBS used documents, NARIC, or B1 test):
Current nationality:
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: NCS
Date of application: 07/02/2014
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: DC
Date of receipt by UKBA: 10/02/2014
Date of acknowledgment: 17/02/2014 dated on 13/02 2014
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 13/02/2014
Date approval received: Waiting
Date of ceremony: Waiting

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by sams7 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:04 pm

Thanks for the wishes. Just fyi - I had back in January sent a Freedom of Information Request to the HO to guage timelines on Naturalisaiton:

What is the average time it took to approve a Naturalisation application (1st Jan 2013 to 30th Sept 2013?
The average time to complete an application was 48.23 days.

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by Anand_2012 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:57 pm

Eligibility criteria: HSMP+Tier1+ILR
Language criteria met (UK degree, exempt countries, PBS used documents, NARIC, or B1 test): NARIC
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Cardiff
Date of application: 29/1/2014
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: CC
Date of receipt by UKBA: 03/02/2014
Date of acknowledgment: Received on 12/02/14, dated 07/02/14
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 07/02/14
Date approval received: 27/03/14 dated 17/03/2014(I hate Royal mail for this delay :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: )
Date of ceremony: trying to get one

Cardiff NCS do not use next day delivery to send the application, my application was only delivered after 3 days.

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by shahid2000 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:40 pm

sams7 wrote:Unbelievable. Less than a month later after the HO debited my fees, I have got the Council letter adivisng successful application.

Eligibility criteria: Tier 1 + spouse of BC
Language criteria met: UK Masters Degree
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Camden
Date of application: 24/02/2014 (Monday)
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Credit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: 26/02/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of acknowledgment: 05/03/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 28/02/2014 (Friday)
Date approval received: 26/03/2014 (letter dated 25/03/2014) - This is the Council letter and not the HO letter. Awaiting HO Brown Enevelop.
Date of ceremony: 14/04/2014
I was under the impression that you only get one combined letter for approval and invitation when you apply using NCS. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by techie_09 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:17 pm

Eligibility criteria: 5 Yr (HSMP + Tier 1) + 1 Yr ILR
Language criteria met (UK degree, exempt countries, PBS used documents, NARIC, or B1 test): Expired IELTS Test + LIUK
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS Croydon
Council name if NCS used: Croydon
Date of application: 07 Feb 2014
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Credit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: 10 Feb 2014 (Tracked Confirmation)
Date of aknowlegment: 12 Feb 2014
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 12 Feb 2014
Date approval received: Spouse + Child received on 27 March (letter dated 23 March). Waiting for mine to arrive :(
Date of ceremony: TBD

Hopefully my letter will arrive soon.
Techie

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by techie_09 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:23 pm

shahid2000 wrote:
sams7 wrote:Unbelievable. Less than a month later after the HO debited my fees, I have got the Council letter adivisng successful application.

Eligibility criteria: Tier 1 + spouse of BC
Language criteria met: UK Masters Degree
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Camden
Date of application: 24/02/2014 (Monday)
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Credit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: 26/02/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of acknowledgment: 05/03/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 28/02/2014 (Friday)
Date approval received: 26/03/2014 (letter dated 25/03/2014) - This is the Council letter and not the HO letter. Awaiting HO Brown Enevelop.
Date of ceremony: 14/04/2014
I was under the impression that you only get one combined letter for approval and invitation when you apply using NCS. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
Not completely sure if I understand correctly. I have received an approval letter (for my spouse and kid) from UKBA asking for contacting Council for arranging ceremony. I also applied through NCS.
Techie

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by Roomi » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:54 pm

Hi Guys,

Application Date: 03/02/2014
Dated of Approval: 26/03/2014, dated 24/03/2014
Method: Royal Mail 1st Class

I have couple of questions here, I have received one letter which says my application has been successful, however it further says, do not contact your council until you receive the invitation letter, I am confused how many letter you supposed to receive

Secondly, I have couple of documents are missing, did anyone else experience the same problem, one of the document is Life in the UK.

Please advice.

Good luck to everyone who are waiting

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by shahid2000 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:13 pm

To sum up the letters...... As far as I know (by reading the forum and personal experience)

If you apply using NCS:
then you get one letter only. The title of the letter is something like "Citizenship Invitation". It says that the application is approved and it also asks you to contact the council to arrange ceremony whose address is also given on the letter. As soon as you get this letter you can arrange your ceremony.

if you apply directly via Royal Mail:
then you get two different letters. One is from the Home Office says your application is approved and the other is from the council asking you to contact them to arrange the ceremony. In this case you can only arrange a ceremony once you have received the letter from the council. People normally receive them a couple of days apart, although I think someone also said that they received both on the same day.


Like I said this is based on my own experience and what I have inferred from other posts on the forum. I was very confused when I received my letter so I had to do some research and this is what I concluded. Feel free to correct me if any of this is wrong.

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by sams7 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:27 am

Eligibility criteria: Tier 1 + spouse of BC
Language criteria met: UK Masters Degree
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Camden
Date of application: 24/02/2014 (Monday)
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Credit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: 26/02/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of acknowledgment: 05/03/2014 (Wednesday)
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 28/02/2014 (Friday)
Date approval received: 26/03/2014 (letter dated 25/03/2014) - This is the Council letter and not the HO letter. Awaiting HO Brown Enevelop. Received HO letter Brown Envelop on 27/03/2014
Date of ceremony: 14/04/2014

Just to clarify - I have now received 2 letters - one from the council and the other from the HO.

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by jsamad » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:23 pm

Finally the good news, brown envelope were waiting for me in my letter box.
A huge thank you to all in the forum, its the best :D

Eligibility criteria: WP + Tier 1 +1 yr ILR
Language criteria met (UK degree, exempt countries, PBS used documents, NARIC, or B1 test): PBS Document + Certificate from University Medium of Instruct + LIUK
Current nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Tower Hamlets, London
Date of application: 03-Feb
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Debit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: - 04/02
Date of aknowlegment: -
Date of debit or clearance of fees: -
Date approval received: - 26/03/14 (Dated 18/03/14)
Date of ceremony:- 01/05/2014 (Letter from Council)

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by ijaz.ahmed » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:35 pm

I've just received an email (reply for 23rd Feb Query) as below

Dear Mr Ahmed,

Your application has been approved, you will hear from the team in due course.

Admin Officer 07, North West Responder Hub
Customer Service Improvement Directorate
Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration


I'm being little excited but more skeptical because I was under the impression they only tell weather decision has been made or not and never reveal it before hand, Should I count it as approved?

My time line is as following:

Eligibility criteria: HSMP + Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Method of application: NCS Ealing
Date of application: 08/02/2014
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 13/02/14
Date approval received: ??

What should I do now? I'm still uncertain is it 100% approval? Should I go-ahead and speak with my Ealing council for ceremony or simply wait for the letter??


(Email addresses I used together: nationalityhelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk & furthernationalityenquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk)
Last edited by ijaz.ahmed on Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by panda143 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:05 pm

ijaz.ahmed wrote:I've just received an email (reply for 23rd Feb Query) as below

Dear Mr Ahmed,

Your application has been approved, you will hear from the team in due course.

Admin Officer 07, North West Responder Hub
Customer Service Improvement Directorate
Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration


I'm being little excited but more skeptical because I was under the impression they only tell weather decision has been made or not and never reveal it before hand, Should I count it as approved?

My time line is as following:



Eligibility criteria: HSMP + Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Method of application: NCS Ealing
Date of application: 08/02/2014
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 13/02/14
Date approval received: ??

What should I do now? I'm still uncertain is it 100% approval? Should I go-ahead and speak with my Ealing council for ceremony or simply wait for the letter??
Can i please know email address you used. I am waiting for Home office invitation letter. Already received approval letter and supporting documents (We applies by post and attached Self address S D Envelope).

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by man4uni » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:37 pm

Update in Green
man4uni wrote:Cannot update my own post hence posting it again with few updated bits...

Eligibility criteria: HSMP + Tier 1 + 1 yr ILR
Language criteria met (UK degree, exempt countries, PBS used documents, NARIC, or B1 test): NARIC and LiUK
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Hillingdon
Date of application: 31st Jan (But said the application will be forwarded to HO on 3rd Feb 2014)
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Debit Card
Date of receipt by UKBA: - 7th Feb
Date of acknowledgment: - 14th Feb
Date of debit or clearance of fees: - 11th Feb
Date approval received: - 28th March 2014 (dated 18th March 2014)
Date of ceremony:- TBC
I am glad, wait for brown envelope is over :D

Good Luck to all of you!

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Re: February 2014 - Naturalisation Application Timeline

Post by eea_noneu » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:51 pm

Eligibility Criteria : 5 Years on (HSMP + Tier1) + 1 Year ILR
Method of Application : Barking and Degenham NCS
Date of Application : 06 - Feb - 2014
Date of Debit of Fees : 12 - Feb - 2014
Date of Receipt of Acknowledgement : 17 - Feb - 2014
Date of Receipt of Approval : 28 - Feb - 2014 ( Letter Date : 22 - Feb - 2014)
Date of Ceremony : TBC



All the best to those in the waiting..

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