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Oria
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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Oria » Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:46 pm

jais2015 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:26 pm
Oria wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:21 pm
Hi everyone, I applied in July 19, 11 months ago. This is the response that I have received today. It’s confusing.


Good Afternoon

Thank you for your E Mail

Your application is currently still in the queue awaiting a caseworker to consider your application and your application will be dealt with in due course. Unfortunately because of the Covid 19 situation applications are taking longer to be considered


Kind Regards



Xxxx
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Hi Oria
That is actually a good news. I applied on 20th of July 2019, the day after you applied. I emailed HO for an update, however I got a generic reply. Please update, if you get any good news.
Dear Jais 2015,
Thank you I remain positive not much we can do anyway. I’ll let you know when I have a new update. It’s a few of us left who are to receive a secession from the July 2019 applicants. Let’s share our updates when we have them.

Good luck to everyone

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Energy » Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:09 pm

ariskar wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:30 pm
My spouse timeline. Approval, July 2019 application. 10.5 months processing time.

Some positive news at last. :D Good luck to those waiting... :roll:
Eligibility criteria: ILR refugee settlement + ILR: EU Settled status + BC spouse (I know it is rare combo)
Language Criteria: UK university post-graduate degree
Nationality : Non-EU
Method of application: Online + UKVCAS
Date of application: 23/07/2019
Date of acknowledgement: 24/07/2019
Date biometrics enrolled: 26/07/2019 (UKVCAS Croydon + document scanning)
Date on Approval letter: 02/06/2020
Date of receipt of approval: 10/06/2020
Date of receipt of ceremony letter: Covid,,, waiting
Date of Ceremony: -Covid,,, waiting
Date of Passport Application: -
Date of debit of fees: -
Date Passport received: -
Dear ariskar

Many many Congratulations!

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Sambackst » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:10 am

Hi Everyone

I just want to share the timeline of my naturalisation process with you, in particular with those who are refugees and did overstay prior to being granted a refugee status. I overstayed for almost 2 months, however I was purchasing anything using my UK bank account, so by submitting my bank statement for the period i overstayed I believe my case was dealt with as a genuine one. I was actually surprised that my application was successful in only 3 months. Being a member of this forum for a quite long and i remember myself checking all the posts in regards with the naturalisation process especially from those who are in a same situation like mine, refugees and have an overstay period, I really thought that if i was lucky i would get approval by the end of the year, if i was not i would get a refusal, but i was super lucky actually :), and i wish everyone will be

ligibility criteria: 5 year refugee + 1 year ILR
Language/LIUK Criteria
Method of application: online
Date of application: 05/03/2020
Date of acknowledgement: 05/03/2020
Date of debit of fees: 05/03/2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 13/03/2020
Date on Approval (email): 06/06/2020
Date of Ceremony: tbc
Good luck everyone and wish you all the best

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Sous49 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:54 am

Hello there

Congratulations Sambackst.hapy for you
To be honest , it is not really quite clear how the Home Office functions. While my friend for instance took 2 months to get her application to be approved ( refugee route) and my daughter that was dependent on me took 4 months ., i was asvised by email and after I chased them that it was approved after 8 months of wait ( still didn't not have the approval letter ) .

Congratularion again and good luck all

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by London22 » Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:23 pm

Sambackst wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:10 am
Hi Everyone

I just want to share the timeline of my naturalisation process with you, in particular with those who are refugees and did overstay prior to being granted a refugee status. I overstayed for almost 2 months, however I was purchasing anything using my UK bank account, so by submitting my bank statement for the period i overstayed I believe my case was dealt with as a genuine one. I was actually surprised that my application was successful in only 3 months. Being a member of this forum for a quite long and i remember myself checking all the posts in regards with the naturalisation process especially from those who are in a same situation like mine, refugees and have an overstay period, I really thought that if i was lucky i would get approval by the end of the year, if i was not i would get a refusal, but i was super lucky actually :), and i wish everyone will be

ligibility criteria: 5 year refugee + 1 year ILR
Language/LIUK Criteria
Method of application: online
Date of application: 05/03/2020
Date of acknowledgement: 05/03/2020
Date of debit of fees: 05/03/2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 13/03/2020
Date on Approval (email): 06/06/2020
Date of Ceremony: tbc
Good luck everyone and wish you all the best
Many congratulations.Of course you are very lucky.Just overstaying &not working during that period by proving it can simply trigger a discretion which happened in your case.It is exactly according to HO guidance.This can encourage many overstyers but again this is UK,s home office any weird or unusually nice thing can be expected.

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Energy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:49 am

Oria wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:46 pm
jais2015 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:26 pm
Oria wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:21 pm
Hi everyone, I applied in July 19, 11 months ago. This is the response that I have received today. It’s confusing.


Good Afternoon

Thank you for your E Mail

Your application is currently still in the queue awaiting a caseworker to consider your application and your application will be dealt with in due course. Unfortunately because of the Covid 19 situation applications are taking longer to be considered


Kind Regards



Xxxx
Nationality Exceptions Team
Hi Oria
That is actually a good news. I applied on 20th of July 2019, the day after you applied. I emailed HO for an update, however I got a generic reply. Please update, if you get any good news.
Dear Jais 2015,
Thank you I remain positive not much we can do anyway. I’ll let you know when I have a new update. It’s a few of us left who are to receive a secession from the July 2019 applicants. Let’s share our updates when we have them.

Good luck to everyone
Dear Oria

I hope all is well. Did you get any update?
Many thanks

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by BoyTed » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:28 pm

Sambackst wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:10 am
Hi Everyone

I just want to share the timeline of my naturalisation process with you, in particular with those who are refugees and did overstay prior to being granted a refugee status. I overstayed for almost 2 months, however I was purchasing anything using my UK bank account, so by submitting my bank statement for the period i overstayed I believe my case was dealt with as a genuine one. I was actually surprised that my application was successful in only 3 months. Being a member of this forum for a quite long and i remember myself checking all the posts in regards with the naturalisation process especially from those who are in a same situation like mine, refugees and have an overstay period, I really thought that if i was lucky i would get approval by the end of the year, if i was not i would get a refusal, but i was super lucky actually :), and i wish everyone will be

ligibility criteria: 5 year refugee + 1 year ILR
Language/LIUK Criteria
Method of application: online
Date of application: 05/03/2020
Date of acknowledgement: 05/03/2020
Date of debit of fees: 05/03/2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 13/03/2020
Date on Approval (email): 06/06/2020
Date of Ceremony: tbc

Good luck everyone and wish you all the best
Congrats sambackst,
Iam in the same boat overstayed and applied end of 2019 got email from Caseworker asking further evidence ie Questionnaire sent it beginning of June and still waiting.
Thanks for the good news thats what I needed today and fingers crossed for mine to be approved.

Oria
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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Oria » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:23 pm

Energy wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:49 am
Oria wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:46 pm
jais2015 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:26 pm
Oria wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:21 pm
Hi everyone, I applied in July 19, 11 months ago. This is the response that I have received today. It’s confusing.


Good Afternoon

Thank you for your E Mail

Your application is currently still in the queue awaiting a caseworker to consider your application and your application will be dealt with in due course. Unfortunately because of the Covid 19 situation applications are taking longer to be considered


Kind Regards



Xxxx
Nationality Exceptions Team
Hi Oria
That is actually a good news. I applied on 20th of July 2019, the day after you applied. I emailed HO for an update, however I got a generic reply. Please update, if you get any good news.
Dear Jais 2015,
Thank you I remain positive not much we can do anyway. I’ll let you know when I have a new update. It’s a few of us left who are to receive a secession from the July 2019 applicants. Let’s share our updates when we have them.

Good luck to everyone
Dear Oria

I hope all is well. Did you get any update?
Many thanks

Dear Energy,
No I have not heard anything so far. I’ll ask for an update by Email tomorrow. I’ll keep you guys posted.

Warmest,
Oria

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Energy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:05 pm

Oria wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:46 pm
jais2015 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:26 pm
Oria wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:21 pm
Hi everyone, I applied in July 19, 11 months ago. This is the response that I have received today. It’s confusing.


Good Afternoon

Thank you for your E Mail

Your application is currently still in the queue awaiting a caseworker to consider your application and your application will be dealt with in due course. Unfortunately because of the Covid 19 situation applications are taking longer to be considered


Kind Regards



Xxxx
Nationality Exceptions Team
Hi Oria
That is actually a good news. I applied on 20th of July 2019, the day after you applied. I emailed HO for an update, however I got a generic reply. Please update, if you get any good news.
Dear Jais 2015,
Thank you I remain positive not much we can do anyway. I’ll let you know when I have a new update. It’s a few of us left who are to receive a secession from the July 2019 applicants. Let’s share our updates when we have them.

Good luck to everyone
Dear Oria

I hope all is well. Did you get any update?
Many thanks

Energy
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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Energy » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:09 pm

Oria wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:23 pm
Energy wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:49 am
Oria wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:46 pm
jais2015 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:26 pm


Hi Oria
That is actually a good news. I applied on 20th of July 2019, the day after you applied. I emailed HO for an update, however I got a generic reply. Please update, if you get any good news.
Dear Jais 2015,
Thank you I remain positive not much we can do anyway. I’ll let you know when I have a new update. It’s a few of us left who are to receive a secession from the July 2019 applicants. Let’s share our updates when we have them.

Good luck to everyone
Dear Oria

I hope all is well. Did you get any update?
Many thanks

Dear Energy,
No I have not heard anything so far. I’ll ask for an update by Email tomorrow. I’ll keep you guys posted.

Warmest,
Oria

Dear Oria

Many thanks. May I ask which email you usually use to communicate with HO please?
I wish you all the best.

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by N1234 » Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:38 pm

I have never posted but I have been lurking around this forum for awhile. I am posting because I wanted to give people from refugee background hope and clearer picture. I was going through the timeline page and I was able to go as far as back 3 years ago and see the amount of people from refugee background. there aren't many. some received it in appropriate time and some delayed and most of them received it eventually. so for future applicants don't try to come with a conclusion based of peoples post here, there isn't enough data to derive a statement from. But the best approach is to assume it will be between 1 month to a year(I know easier said than done). But it's good to stay hopeful.

For myself, I sent my application on the 21/12/2019 and I got an email today saying my application has been successful at 07/06/2020. I did mine through solicitor, not saying it's better to do it through them but it gave me reassurance or gave me the illusion that my application won't fail if I do it through them. every application I made has been through solicitor ( except travel document.)
advice:
Through this time I mediated a lot, kept busy and generally tried to be at peace. seek things that will help you be at peace. reduce your time how much you spend online(forum). For those making application good luck. for those who got delayed stay hopeful and at peace, you guys are doing well!

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by BoyTed » Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:39 pm

N1234 wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:38 pm
I have never posted but I have been lurking around this forum for awhile. I am posting because I wanted to give people from refugee background hope and clearer picture. I was going through the timeline page and I was able to go as far as back 3 years ago and see the amount of people from refugee background. there aren't many. some received it in appropriate time and some delayed and most of them received it eventually. so for future applicants don't try to come with a conclusion based of peoples post here, there isn't enough data to derive a statement from. But the best approach is to assume it will be between 1 month to a year(I know easier said than done). But it's good to stay hopeful.

For myself, I sent my application on the 21/12/2019 and I got an email today saying my application has been successful at 07/06/2020. I did mine through solicitor, not saying it's better to do it through them but it gave me reassurance or gave me the illusion that my application won't fail if I do it through them. every application I made has been through solicitor ( except travel document.)
advice:
Through this time I mediated a lot, kept busy and generally tried to be at peace. seek things that will help you be at peace. reduce your time how much you spend online(forum). For those making application good luck. for those who got delayed stay hopeful and at peace, you guys are doing well!
Congrats N1234 and well said in regards to refugees and how to keep sane during this process.

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by London22 » Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:50 pm

N1234 wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:38 pm
I have never posted but I have been lurking around this forum for awhile. I am posting because I wanted to give people from refugee background hope and clearer picture. I was going through the timeline page and I was able to go as far as back 3 years ago and see the amount of people from refugee background. there aren't many. some received it in appropriate time and some delayed and most of them received it eventually. so for future applicants don't try to come with a conclusion based of peoples post here, there isn't enough data to derive a statement from. But the best approach is to assume it will be between 1 month to a year(I know easier said than done). But it's good to stay hopeful.

For myself, I sent my application on the 21/12/2019 and I got an email today saying my application has been successful at 07/06/2020. I did mine through solicitor, not saying it's better to do it through them but it gave me reassurance or gave me the illusion that my application won't fail if I do it through them. every application I made has been through solicitor ( except travel document.)
advice:
Through this time I mediated a lot, kept busy and generally tried to be at peace. seek things that will help you be at peace. reduce your time how much you spend online(forum). For those making application good luck. for those who got delayed stay hopeful and at peace, you guys are doing well!
Many congratulations.Please can you share immigration history if you have overstayed in last 10 years as your case may be helpful for many who overstayed in last 10 years.
Thank you

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Danbet » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:06 pm

BoyTed wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:39 pm
N1234 wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:38 pm
I have never posted but I have been lurking around this forum for awhile. I am posting because I wanted to give people from refugee background hope and clearer picture. I was going through the timeline page and I was able to go as far as back 3 years ago and see the amount of people from refugee background. there aren't many. some received it in appropriate time and some delayed and most of them received it eventually. so for future applicants don't try to come with a conclusion based of peoples post here, there isn't enough data to derive a statement from. But the best approach is to assume it will be between 1 month to a year(I know easier said than done). But it's good to stay hopeful.

For myself, I sent my application on the 21/12/2019 and I got an email today saying my application has been successful at 07/06/2020. I did mine through solicitor, not saying it's better to do it through them but it gave me reassurance or gave me the illusion that my application won't fail if I do it through them. every application I made has been through solicitor ( except travel document.)
advice:
Through this time I mediated a lot, kept busy and generally tried to be at peace. seek things that will help you be at peace. reduce your time how much you spend online(forum). For those making application good luck. for those who got delayed stay hopeful and at peace, you guys are doing well!
Congrats N1234 and well said in regards to refugees and how to keep sane during this process.
Many Congratulations. I agree with with your first paragraph points as there is no logical explanation for waiting time for applicants from refugee background. I am not sure if applying through solicitor helps to get faster approval. I know a couple of friends who applied through solicitor and get their approval after 10 months even before lockdown. I applied by myself, However it will be a year next week. I got generic response when I contacted them few times. I never had any immigration issues even dont have ant motoring offence. But it is what it is. I am trying to contact my local MP.... not sure if that helps. Just waiting.

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Danbet » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:21 pm

BoyTed wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:28 pm
Sambackst wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:10 am
Hi Everyone

I just want to share the timeline of my naturalisation process with you, in particular with those who are refugees and did overstay prior to being granted a refugee status. I overstayed for almost 2 months, however I was purchasing anything using my UK bank account, so by submitting my bank statement for the period i overstayed I believe my case was dealt with as a genuine one. I was actually surprised that my application was successful in only 3 months. Being a member of this forum for a quite long and i remember myself checking all the posts in regards with the naturalisation process especially from those who are in a same situation like mine, refugees and have an overstay period, I really thought that if i was lucky i would get approval by the end of the year, if i was not i would get a refusal, but i was super lucky actually :), and i wish everyone will be

ligibility criteria: 5 year refugee + 1 year ILR
Language/LIUK Criteria
Method of application: online
Date of application: 05/03/2020
Date of acknowledgement: 05/03/2020
Date of debit of fees: 05/03/2020
Date Biometrics enrolled: 13/03/2020
Date on Approval (email): 06/06/2020
Date of Ceremony: tbc

Good luck everyone and wish you all the best
Congrats sambackst,
Iam in the same boat overstayed and applied end of 2019 got email from Caseworker asking further evidence ie Questionnaire sent it beginning of June and still waiting.
Thanks for the good news thats what I needed today and fingers crossed for mine to be approved.
HI BoyTed
Could you please share us the type of questions that the case worker asked you. What exactly was they lookig for you to explain more?

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by CR001 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:32 pm

Danbet wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:21 pm
HI BoyTed
Could you please share us the type of questions that the case worker asked you. What exactly was they lookig for you to explain more?
Useful to look at previous posts to avoid the same stuff being posted again and again.

https://www.immigrationboards.com/briti ... l#p1909927
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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Danbet » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:33 pm

CR001 wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:32 pm
Danbet wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:21 pm
HI BoyTed
Could you please share us the type of questions that the case worker asked you. What exactly was they lookig for you to explain more?
Useful to look at previous posts to avoid the same stuff being posted again and again.

https://www.immigrationboards.com/briti ... l#p1909927
Thank you for your recommendation

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Small » Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:11 pm

Hello just wan to tell you that one of my friends got their citizenship approval today. According to him it was an email. It took him 6 months and 2 weeks since he submitted his application online.
According to him he did not overstay or had not done any thing illegal etc.
He has to wait for Citizenship ceremony as it is closed due to virus.
I hope you will get an idea by now how much virus is effecting straight forward applications.
He never sent any emails or letters from MP to know about his outcome.
Keep calm in this situation please

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by Luna149 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:09 pm

Hi All I hope everyone safe at this difficult time.
Please can someone advice me?
I apple last year on 15th August I will be 8 months waiting.
I sent email last week they confirm that application will be allocated to a caseworker??
Can someone explain to me what is that means?
It is just starting to deal with my case? Or this is the last stage? I am really confused please 🙏 help

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Re: Naturalisation application delays for Refugees Applicants

Post by CR001 » Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:13 am

Luna149 wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:09 pm
Hi All I hope everyone safe at this difficult time.
Please can someone advice me?
I apple last year on 15th August I will be 8 months waiting.
I sent email last week they confirm that application will be allocated to a caseworker??
Can someone explain to me what is that means?
It is just starting to deal with my case? Or this is the last stage? I am really confused please 🙏 help
Please do NOT post your duplicate questions in the other General Discussion topic. As you are a refugee ILR applicant, this topic is the correct one.
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