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Post by pkt1980 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:12 am

GmanILR2012,
I think this is the first time, at least as far as I have known, that someone who knows the internal workings have posted about it. I can completely see the random nature from the arrival of the approvals for seemingly similar cases - thanks for confirming it. Can you please tell us if AN+MN1 3(1) go to a higher authority to be approved because of the discretion involved? I am posting this here since this topic is related to the timings. Sorry if it wrongly placed.

PKT

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Post by sup3rb » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:14 pm

Eligibility criteria: 5 yrs (EEA) + 1 (PR)
Nationality: Romania
Method of application: NCS Camden
Date of application: 31/07/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 05/08/2013
Date of acknowledgement : 09/08/2013 (Dated 05/08/2013)
Date of debit of fees: 05/08/2013
Date of approval and invitation: 12/09/2013 (dated 05/09/2013)
Date of Ceremony: TBC


Hope this help guys. Thanks and good luck . :D

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Post by tar123zan » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:39 pm

Eligibility criteria: 5 yrs (Student) + 2 Years (Spouse) + 1 (ILR)
Nationality: Turkish
Method of application: NCS
Date of application: 12/08/2013
Date of acknowledgement : 22/08/2013 (Dated 15/08/2013)
Date of debit of fees: 15/08/2013
Date of approval and invitation: 12/09/2013 (dated 08/09/2013)
Date of Ceremony: 18 September

Thank you for everybody in this forum, I hope you all get your approvals quickly.

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Re: Naturalisation application processing timelines (only)

Post by alex68 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:23 pm

alex68 wrote:Eligibility criteria: 5 Yrs+ 1 ILR
Method of application: Postal
Date of application: 21 May 2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 22 May 2013
Date of acknowledgement: 28 May 2013
Date of debit of fees: 28 May 2013
Date of approval: 10 Sep 2013
Date of Ceremony: Awaiting

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Post by Notabene » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:00 pm

Eligibility criteria: 2 years HSMP +3 years Tier 1 + 1 yr ILR
Method of application: NCS Cambridge
Date of application: 12 Sept 2013 (Thursday)
Date of Debit of Fees: not checked
Acknowledgement letter received : 19/09/13 dated 17/09/13
Date of approval/Invitation : 09/10/13 received 16/10/13
Date of Ceremony : 6/11/13

quick and painless. good luck to everyone who is still waiting!
Last edited by Notabene on Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Update

Post by rajan1984 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:06 am

Very pleased to hear that you got your results. All the best for the ceremony. I am still waiting and hope to get soon. I will up the thread as soon as I get. 17th of May is my application date.
ukilrforman wrote:Much pleased today!!!

Application date: 17 May

Date of UKBA acknowledgment: 23 May

Date of Approval 02 September

Date of receipt of approval letter: 06 September

Date of Private ceremony booked: *14 September, normal appointment availability was 30 October as of today.

Hounslow council charges 200/ gbp for the private ceremony: I think it is probably one of highest in the UK.

Good Luck to the rest who are still waiting.
Best regards

rajan1984 wrote:I am still waiting and I am still giving you company :-)

I have applied on 17th May 2013 through NCS.

Regards,
Robinson

ukilrforman wrote:No Status update my side, it remains awaited

Can other May 17 applicants update please?

Thank you.


ukilrforman wrote:My timeline.....

Application made: 17 May 2013
Acknowledgement letter dated 23 May 2013

Eligibility: 2 years HSMP + 3 years Tier 1 + 1 year ILR.

Self application.

Awaiting further progress...

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Approval

Post by khattak315 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:12 am

Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self + Spouse)
Nationality: Pakistani
Method of application: Postal
Date of receipt by UKBA: 12/08/13
Date of debit of fees: 12/08/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 17/08/13 (dated 12/08/13)
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 11/09/13)
Date of Ceremony: tbc

The letter says, "This is not an invitation to ceremony and I should not contact my Local Authority until I received my invitation". Do I've to wait or should I just call the council?

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Re: Approval

Post by time4BN » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:23 am

Khattak315 - I received my approval letter on 11th Set 2013 dated 09th Sept 2013. The contents of the approval letter is similar to yours. I contacted the council and they were unable to book the ceremony without the invitation letter. I was told by council that the invitation letter will have a poll reference number that we have to provide the council when contacting them to book the ceremony.

There is nothing much we can do at this stage apart from waiting for our invitation letter. The approval letter says it can take up to 2 weeks to receive the invitation letter. I will keep you posted on any progress from my side but please do keep me updated on any progress on your end.

Thanks.

khattak315 wrote:Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self + Spouse)
Nationality: Pakistani
Method of application: Postal
Date of receipt by UKBA: 12/08/13
Date of debit of fees: 12/08/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 17/08/13 (dated 12/08/13)
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 11/09/13)
Date of Ceremony: tbc

The letter says, "This is not an invitation to ceremony and I should not contact my Local Authority until I received my invitation". Do I've to wait or should I just call the council?

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Post by fiqbal » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:32 am

Elegibility criteria-7year student+2year spouse+1year ilr
method of application. Postal
date of application. 4/4/2013
date of receipt ukba.8/4/2013
date of debit fees.18/4/2013
date of aproval.11/9/2013
date of cermoney.pending
its took 5 months and 8days
good luck to everyone.

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Post by cricinfo » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:08 am

fiqbal wrote:Elegibility criteria-7year student+2year spouse+1year ilr
method of application. Postal
date of application. 4/4/2013
date of receipt ukba.8/4/2013
date of debit fees.18/4/2013
date of aproval.11/9/2013
date of cermoney.pending
its took 5 months and 8days
good luck to everyone.
You really deserve congratulation. It must have been a long wait but have come good in the end which matters :) Congratulation

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Re: Approval

Post by zoobi2u » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:14 am

time4BN wrote:Khattak315 - I received my approval letter on 11th Set 2013 dated 09th Sept 2013. The contents of the approval letter is similar to yours. I contacted the council and they were unable to book the ceremony without the invitation letter. I was told by council that the invitation letter will have a poll reference number that we have to provide the council when contacting them to book the ceremony.

There is nothing much we can do at this stage apart from waiting for our invitation letter. The approval letter says it can take up to 2 weeks to receive the invitation letter. I will keep you posted on any progress from my side but please do keep me updated on any progress on your end.

Thanks.
khattak315 wrote:Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self + Spouse)
Nationality: Pakistani
Method of application: Postal
Date of receipt by UKBA: 12/08/13
Date of debit of fees: 12/08/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 17/08/13 (dated 12/08/13)
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 11/09/13)
Date of Ceremony: tbc

The letter says, "This is not an invitation to ceremony and I should not contact my Local Authority until I received my invitation". Do I've to wait or should I just call the council?

Hi Guys,
my case is also similar but the dates r different
Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self + Spouse)
Method of application: Postal
Date of receipt by UKBA: 22/06/13
Date of debit of fees: 25/06/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 26/06/13
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 29/07/13)
Date of Ceremony: tbc

The letter says, "This is not an invitation to ceremony and I should not contact my Local Authority until I received my invitation. if u havenot recieved ur invitation within 2weeks of the above date, u should email to the Nationality Enquries to request for a further copy".

My question
Do I've to wait or should I just need to send an email to HO about the invitation letter(because I received approval letter today: 13/09/13 but it is dated 29/07/13).
Can anybody help me and plz also share the email content what they have to send to HO
thanks

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Yet to get Approval letter

Post by Jay0804 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:37 am

Eligibility criteria: 5 yrs (2Yrs WP+3 Yrs Tier1) + 1 (PR)
Nationality: Indian
Method of application: NCS Sutton
Date of application: 10/07/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 16/07/2013
Date of acknowledgement :19/07/2013 (Dated 16/07/2013)
Date of debit of fees: 15/07/2013
Date of approval and invitation: Yet to come
Date of Ceremony: TBC

Usually my friends who applied, all got within 3 to 5 weeks time. Now its more than 9 weeks for me. I was not in city for 2 weeks. Not sure whether the post is missed as this is common with our post-woman who delivers letters to adjacent houses. Tried to ring the number (0151 672 5626) but no use as they handle only applications over 6 months. Any idea how to check the status either by online or over phone?
I have seen some members applied in April and May received this week only. However I want to check the status. Can any one help me?

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Re: Yet to get Approval letter

Post by sokrates99 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:52 am

Jay0804 wrote:Any idea how to check the status either by online or over phone?
I have seen some members applied in April and May received this week only. However I want to check the status. Can any one help me?
You can send an email to NationalityProgress@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. Include your ref number, full name, DOB and address. They usually respond in a day or two but they dont give any details apart from "no decision has been made yet".
I applied a week after you -17th July. This process is so frustraiting. I think the theory of high risk countries taking longer is wrong. Many August applicants got their approvals and some are from the so called high risk countries. i applied as an EEA national. Its all to do with luck and getting an efficient case worker or one that is not just about to go on hols. Good luck!

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Re: Approval

Post by zoobi2u » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:00 pm

time4BN wrote:Khattak315 - I received my approval letter on 11th Set 2013 dated 09th Sept 2013. The contents of the approval letter is similar to yours. I contacted the council and they were unable to book the ceremony without the invitation letter. I was told by council that the invitation letter will have a poll reference number that we have to provide the council when contacting them to book the ceremony.

There is nothing much we can do at this stage apart from waiting for our invitation letter. The approval letter says it can take up to 2 weeks to receive the invitation letter. I will keep you posted on any progress from my side but please do keep me updated on any progress on your end.

Thanks.
khattak315 wrote:Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self + Spouse)
Nationality: Pakistani
Method of application: Postal
Date of receipt by UKBA: 12/08/13
Date of debit of fees: 12/08/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 17/08/13 (dated 12/08/13)
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 11/09/13)
Date of Ceremony: tbc

The letter says, "This is not an invitation to ceremony and I should not contact my Local Authority until I received my invitation". Do I've to wait or should I just call the council?

Hi Guys,
my case is also similar but the dates r different
Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self + Spouse)
Method of application: Postal
Date of receipt by UKBA: 22/06/13
Date of debit of fees: 25/06/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 26/06/13
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 29/07/13)
Date of Ceremony: tbc

The letter says, "This is not an invitation to ceremony and I should not contact my Local Authority until I received my invitation. if u havenot recieved ur invitation within 2weeks of the above date, u should email to the Nationality Enquries to request for a further copy".

My question
Do I've to wait or should I just need to send an email to HO about the invitation letter(because I received approval letter today: 13/09/13 but it is dated 29/07/13).
Can anybody help me and plz also share the email content what they have to send to HO
thanks

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Post by Jay0804 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:43 pm

Hi sokrates99, thanks for the reply. Yes, as you said its purely luck. And the email is just given for name sake. The response is automated and you cant expect anything (in the same thread someone has pasted the exact reply what he got). All of my friends are from same country and maximum time it took as only 5 weeks. As I applied through NCS , i confirmed all the docs are enclosed. However, If they have asked for some doc and if the letter is missed we need to bear the cost of re-applying. We need to wait patiently. Other than this we cant do anything. :)

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Post by scrapper » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:28 pm

fiqbal wrote:Elegibility criteria-7year student+2year spouse+1year ilr
method of application. Postal
date of application. 4/4/2013
date of receipt ukba.8/4/2013
date of debit fees.18/4/2013
date of aproval.11/9/2013
date of cermoney.pending
its took 5 months and 8days
good luck to everyone.
fiqbal, you deserve the long awaited congratulation. The wait is now over for you. Go and celebrate. I wonder what happened to Ayesha's application ? :)

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Re: Approval

Post by time4BN » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:32 pm

JUST A QUICK UPDATE:

Received my Ceremony Invitation letter just now (13 Sept 2013) by 2nd class post.

Citizenship Ceremony booked for 23 Sept 2013.

Good luck!

zoobi2u wrote:
time4BN wrote:Khattak315 - I received my approval letter on 11th Set 2013 dated 09th Sept 2013. The contents of the approval letter is similar to yours. I contacted the council and they were unable to book the ceremony without the invitation letter. I was told by council that the invitation letter will have a poll reference number that we have to provide the council when contacting them to book the ceremony.

There is nothing much we can do at this stage apart from waiting for our invitation letter. The approval letter says it can take up to 2 weeks to receive the invitation letter. I will keep you posted on any progress from my side but please do keep me updated on any progress on your end.

Thanks.
khattak315 wrote:Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self + Spouse)
Nationality: Pakistani
Method of application: Postal
Date of receipt by UKBA: 12/08/13
Date of debit of fees: 12/08/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 17/08/13 (dated 12/08/13)
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 11/09/13)
Date of Ceremony: tbc

The letter says, "This is not an invitation to ceremony and I should not contact my Local Authority until I received my invitation". Do I've to wait or should I just call the council?

Hi Guys,
my case is also similar but the dates r different
Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self + Spouse)
Method of application: Postal
Date of receipt by UKBA: 22/06/13
Date of debit of fees: 25/06/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 26/06/13
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 29/07/13)
Date of Ceremony: tbc

The letter says, "This is not an invitation to ceremony and I should not contact my Local Authority until I received my invitation. if u havenot recieved ur invitation within 2weeks of the above date, u should email to the Nationality Enquries to request for a further copy".

My question
Do I've to wait or should I just need to send an email to HO about the invitation letter(because I received approval letter today: 13/09/13 but it is dated 29/07/13).
Can anybody help me and plz also share the email content what they have to send to HO
thanks

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Post by maroubra » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:24 pm

Updated:

Eligibility criteria: 1 year cohabiting prior to 4 years of marriage to a dual EEA/British citizen, no PR, EEA2 for 4 years
Method of application: Postal
Date of application: 7 August 2013
Date of receipt by HO: 8 August 2013
Date of debit of fees: 13 August 2013
Acknowledgement letter received : 16 August 2013 (dated 13 August)
Date of approval: 9 September 2013
Date of receipt of approval: 11 September 2013 (in enclosed Special Delivery envelope)
Date of receipt of invitation letter: 13 September 2013 (dated 9 September)
Date of ceremony: 17 September 2013

[quote="maroubra"] The approval letter says that: "I am pleased to say that your application has been successful and you will shortly receive a certificate of naturalisation as a British citizen". No reference to ceremony, invitation letter or contacting council!??!. [/quote]

The text in the approval letter seems to be a mistake. Today I received the standard invitation letter.

Thanks everyone.

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Post by rivercam » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:51 pm

Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 2yr HSMP + 3yr Tier 1 + 1yr ILR
Application Type: Joint (Self )
Method of application: NCS
Date of receipt by UKBA: 30/07/13
Date of debit of fees: 01/08/13
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 14/08/13 (dated 01/08/13)
Date of receipt of approval: 13/09/13 (dated 8/09/13)--Sunday strange
Date of Ceremony: 25/09/13

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Application times

Post by BB Queen » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:15 pm

Date of application: 31 July 2013
Eligibility criteria: 5 years residency
Nationality: Russian
Method of application: NCS
Date of application: 31 July 2013
Application received by UKBA: 1 August 2013
Debit of fees: 5 August 2013
Date of acknowledgement: 10 August 2013 (dated 5 August)
Date of approval: 4 September 2013
Letter received: 13 September 2013
Date of ceremony: Still awaiting

P.S. responses re my app status i had from NationalityProgress@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk and 08706067766 in the past week did not match. Although approval letter dated 4 Sep, neither of them could see in the system whether the decision has been made or the decision letter has been posted due to "case working system has changed thus, we can not give you any updates anymore" (c) ???!!!!!
Good luck to all!

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