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Post by Pqek » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:12 pm

Eligibility criteria: Joint application, WP + T2 ICT + 1 year ILR - Dependant + 1 year ILR
Language criteria met (UK degree, exempt countries, PBS used documents, NARIC, or B1 test): IELTS - Master degree UK university
Current nationality: Globetrotter
Method of application: NCS
Council name if NCS used: Edinburgh
Date of application: 28/10/13
Payment method CC/DC, Personal cheque, Bankers cheque etc: Cheque
Date of receipt by UKBA: 29/10/13
Date of aknowlegment: Not yet :cry:
Date of debit or clearance of fees:Not yet :cry:
Date approval received:Not yet :cry: still hopes for the endof the year
Date of ceremony: :?:

According to the timelines posted, no fees has taken for anybody that applied after 18th october. I have applied on the 28th being the first one on new English criteria. I hope fees are taking on this month otherwise waiting will definitely go up to next year.

good luck to all

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Post by km25 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:41 pm

Like others I am still awaiting to get acknowledgement for the application submitted on 28th October. Fees still not taken!!

Lets hope it gets processed in 2013 rather than next year!!

Good luck to everyone who's waiting..

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Application of my spouse

Post by its.rudi » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:40 pm

Application Timeline
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Eligibility criteria: 3 year spouse of BC
Method of application: NCS
Date of Application: 17/10/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 18/10/2013
Date of debit of fees: 13/11/2013
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 16/11/2013
Date of receipt of approval: TBC
Date of Ceremony: TBC

Can you suggest the timeline to get the decision letter?

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Re: October Appliants

Post by Kibria » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:47 pm

jonjr023 wrote:
Kibria wrote:
jonjr023 wrote:
Kibria wrote:
Yes I posted my application on 18/09

Something really strange is happening. I received email reply from Nationality Help desk saying decision has been made on my application, when I called the Home office number and asked for update the adviser said no decision has been made and the application is still in progress. Don't know whom to believe?
Hi Kibria,
the Nationality Help desk, the actual ones dealing with ur case and then upload the decision on the system for advisers to see. so hopefully from the posts I have been reading you get a letter 2 days after an email.
so good luck and wish all the best !! :lol:
Hi
TO be honest I don't know what is actually happening. I sent a follow up email re confirming the decision and I got a reply that there was mistake sending me the email and no decision has been made,

I sent another email yesterday and got a reply that decision has been made. I called PEO again and they said no decision has been made. I then followed it up with another email today asking for reconfirmation and have received response no decision has been made. So contradicting messages all over. What's even more confusing is that towards the end of the email they have written that on 31st October a decision letter regarding my indefinite leave to remain application was posted. I am just wondering how on earth I got this message as this is naturalisation application I am asking about and they are coming back to be on ILR that I never applied for :) I got my ILR in December 2011?

Clueless


Please try to see the humour in all this, I have just read your post and its been funny with the back and front you have been undergoing but I promise and pray that you will be one to laugh last :wink: please wish good news sooner than you expect.[/quote]

Received call from home office today mentioning there was confusion sending me email and that they have called the Sheffield office for update. Application still in progress

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Post by Mudassir » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:48 pm

Mudassir wrote:
Mudassir wrote:Eligibility criteria: 3 year HSMP + 2 Year Tier1 + 1 Year ILR
Method of application: NCS York
Date of application: 09/10/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 10/10/2013 (as advised by NCS York)
Date of acknowledgement letter: TBC
Date of debit of fees: TBC
Date of approval: TBC
Date of Ceremony: TBC

I wonder why they still haven't sent the acknowledgement.
I have emailed on NationalityHelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk to find out the status of my application as still no acknowledgement is received nor the fees is debited and they said it could tale up to 7 weeks to send acknowledgement and up to 6 months to process the applicaton.... :( :( :(
Still no acknowledgement nor any fees taken..... :( :( :( :(

I am getting annoyed now....

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Post by tronca33 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:25 pm

This is a reply from NHD.
This is the Nationality Helpdesk.

Thank you for your email.

I have checked our records and can confirm that no decision has yet been made on your application. :(
Last edited by tronca33 on Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Post by nionlight » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:34 pm

Mudassir wrote:
Mudassir wrote:
Mudassir wrote:Eligibility criteria: 3 year HSMP + 2 Year Tier1 + 1 Year ILR
Method of application: NCS York
Date of application: 09/10/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 10/10/2013 (as advised by NCS York)
Date of acknowledgement letter: TBC
Date of debit of fees: TBC
Date of approval: TBC
Date of Ceremony: TBC

I wonder why they still haven't sent the acknowledgement.
I have emailed on NationalityHelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk to find out the status of my application as still no acknowledgement is received nor the fees is debited and they said it could tale up to 7 weeks to send acknowledgement and up to 6 months to process the applicaton.... :( :( :(
Still no acknowledgement nor any fees taken..... :( :( :( :(

I am getting annoyed now....
Hi Mudassir, Call your bank and see if there was any attempt of payment of £874

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Re: Application of my spouse

Post by jotter » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:41 pm

its.rudi wrote:Application Timeline
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Eligibility criteria: 3 year spouse of BC
Method of application: NCS
Date of Application: 17/10/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 18/10/2013
Date of debit of fees: 13/11/2013
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 16/11/2013
Date of receipt of approval: TBC
Date of Ceremony: TBC

Can you suggest the timeline to get the decision letter?
As far as we are aware from this forum nobody with your dates has a decision yet. The most recent ones starting to get approved are those received by the HO on Oct 14th. The HO seems to have decided the vast majority of cases up to around Sept 26th. From then on they are partially done (35-40%) up to Oct 14th. That may tell you something, although allow for timelines to stretch a bit further in the next few weeks as the HO catches up the backlog from all of the Oct applications.

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Post by tronca33 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:47 pm

Mudassir.
Its very strange because I send my APP in 14th October,my money was taken 6th November,and my letter come on 11th.
So try to send mail but I dont know if you get any answer.
Good luck.

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Post by Mudassir » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:19 pm

nionlight wrote:
Mudassir wrote:
Mudassir wrote:
Mudassir wrote:Eligibility criteria: 3 year HSMP + 2 Year Tier1 + 1 Year ILR
Method of application: NCS York
Date of application: 09/10/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 10/10/2013 (as advised by NCS York)
Date of acknowledgement letter: TBC
Date of debit of fees: TBC
Date of approval: TBC
Date of Ceremony: TBC

I wonder why they still haven't sent the acknowledgement.
I have emailed on NationalityHelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk to find out the status of my application as still no acknowledgement is received nor the fees is debited and they said it could tale up to 7 weeks to send acknowledgement and up to 6 months to process the applicaton.... :( :( :(
Still no acknowledgement nor any fees taken..... :( :( :( :(

I am getting annoyed now....
Hi Mudassir, Call your bank and see if there was any attempt of payment of £874
Just checked with the bank and no attempt has been made.

It is actually a joint application so it should have been £1550.

I have emailed twice and rang them twice and they gave me standard answers.

The alst email reply said said wait another 3 weeks and then contact back.

I also asked to give me any reference numbers associated with my application and they said all they can confirm is that we have received your application on 10/10/2013.

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Post by jonjr023 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:42 pm

Mudassir wrote:
nionlight wrote:
Mudassir wrote:
Mudassir wrote:
I have emailed on NationalityHelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk to find out the status of my application as still no acknowledgement is received nor the fees is debited and they said it could tale up to 7 weeks to send acknowledgement and up to 6 months to process the applicaton.... :( :( :(
Still no acknowledgement nor any fees taken..... :( :( :( :(

I am getting annoyed now....
Hi Mudassir, Call your bank and see if there was any attempt of payment of £874
Just checked with the bank and no attempt has been made.

It is actually a joint application so it should have been £1550.

I have emailed twice and rang them twice and they gave me standard answers.

The alst email reply said said wait another 3 weeks and then contact back.

I also asked to give me any reference numbers associated with my application and they said all they can confirm is that we have received your application on 10/10/2013.
Hi Mudassir,
Have you tried contacting NCS that sent your application? reading from the forum they are also suppose to give some sort or ref: from what i read about people who applied thru NCS

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Post by jotter » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:07 pm

jonjr023 wrote:
Mudassir wrote:
nionlight wrote:
Mudassir wrote:
Still no acknowledgement nor any fees taken..... :( :( :( :(

I am getting annoyed now....
Hi Mudassir, Call your bank and see if there was any attempt of payment of £874
Just checked with the bank and no attempt has been made.

It is actually a joint application so it should have been £1550.

I have emailed twice and rang them twice and they gave me standard answers.

The alst email reply said said wait another 3 weeks and then contact back.

I also asked to give me any reference numbers associated with my application and they said all they can confirm is that we have received your application on 10/10/2013.
Hi Mudassir,
Have you tried contacting NCS that sent your application? reading from the forum they are also suppose to give some sort or ref: from what i read about people who applied thru NCS
My NCS in Nottingham said I could make use of them to check if there was a delay with debit of funds, but only after 3 months. I doubt there is a formal policy about that. It's probably just to keep people from hassling them about it every other day. Perhaps a bit of sweet talking though ... or perhaps your NCS may be more lenient.

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Post by Mudassir » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:18 am

jotter wrote:
jonjr023 wrote:
Mudassir wrote:
nionlight wrote:
Hi Mudassir, Call your bank and see if there was any attempt of payment of £874
Just checked with the bank and no attempt has been made.

It is actually a joint application so it should have been £1550.

I have emailed twice and rang them twice and they gave me standard answers.

The alst email reply said said wait another 3 weeks and then contact back.

I also asked to give me any reference numbers associated with my application and they said all they can confirm is that we have received your application on 10/10/2013.
Hi Mudassir,
Have you tried contacting NCS that sent your application? reading from the forum they are also suppose to give some sort or ref: from what i read about people who applied thru NCS
My NCS in Nottingham said I could make use of them to check if there was a delay with debit of funds, but only after 3 months. I doubt there is a formal policy about that. It's probably just to keep people from hassling them about it every other day. Perhaps a bit of sweet talking though ... or perhaps your NCS may be more lenient.
I have spoken to NCS when I didn't have any response for 3 weeks. I asked them for references and all they gave me was Royal Mail Special Delivery Tracking number by which they send my application.

The tracking info does state that it was delivered to HO (Liverpool) on 10/10/2013 before 11:14 AM.

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Post by rajan1984 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:43 pm

Eligibility criteria: AN1(3 Years Spouse of BC + 1 year ILR) & MN1 Section 3 (1)
Method of application: Self Post
Date of application: 21 October 2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 22 October 2013 (as per Royal Mail Trace and Track system)
Date of acknowledgement : Waiting
Date of debit of fees: 21/11/2013 at 13:04PM
Date of approval: waiting
Date of Ceremony: waiting


Total of GBP 1547 is deducted from my account

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Post by Mili1705 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Eligibility criteria: AN Form ILR 10+ yrs
Method of application: Self Post
Date of application: 21 October 2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 22 October 2013 (as per Royal Mail Trace and Track system)
Date of acknowledgement : Waiting
Date of debit of fees: 21/11/2013 at 09:04AM
Date of approval: waiting
Date of Ceremony: waiting

** Due to the change in requirements for naturalisation as of 28th October 2013 (meaning applicants for naturalisation after 28th October need to complete the life in the UK test AND the english test), there has been an increase in the number of applications received by UKBA in the week commencing 21st October (this is what an immigration solicitor mentioned to me during conversation) so I'm going to be extra patient. :)

*** After hearing incidents of UKBA sending forms back due to banks declining the fee transaction, I called my bank - Santander - the same day I posted the application. What I was told was that any unusual transactions of large value will be flagged up by the fraud team so the transaction will be declined by the bank (followed up by a telephone call from the bank to you, at which stage the UKBA would have started to send the forms back to you). Further to this, I was also told that the UKBA often makes mistakes when processing the transactions by either not spelling the name correctly or completing the details accurately, which will result in the transaction getting declined. However, you can call the bank and check if an attempt has been made. Even if the UKBA misspells your name in the transaction request, your bank CAN tell you if the attempt has been made.

The best option for this, if you have any worry, is to call your bank's customer services manager and explain the situation. Ask them to put a note on your account that you are expecting the sum of (£your application fee) to be taken by the UKBA and that you cannot afford to have this payment declined. This will obviously help the fraud team understand the background of the transaction so with a little luck and common sense the bank will not decline.

WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST.

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Re: Naturalisation

Post by kasi1411gopinath » Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:30 pm

jotter wrote:
kasi1411gopinath wrote:HI,

I applied my naturalisation on 2nd October 2013 through NCS in Miltonkeynes with my children application. I did not received approval letter from the Home office so far.

In 2008 to 2010, I have been deputed to Saudi Arabia through my employer like an assignments, the absence was 484 days. My employer provided all the necessary supporting documents and payroll was in the UK and Paid off the tax during that period. I got approved my ILR with the same situation last year.

I sent an email request couple of times, they replied "no decision has yet been made on your application".

I am upset now.. What to do now?...

NG...
Have you had an acknowledgement letter? Or has the HO taken your money? Based on what we are seeing in the forums, approvals for your date are only around 50% or less complete so far, so no need to panic yet.
Yes. The Fee has taken my account on 17th October 2012 and I received my Acknowledgement letter on 24th October 2013.

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Re: Naturalisation

Post by kasi1411gopinath » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:31 pm

kasi1411gopinath wrote:
jotter wrote:
kasi1411gopinath wrote:HI,

I applied my naturalisation on 2nd October 2013 through NCS in Miltonkeynes with my children application. I did not received approval letter from the Home office so far.

In 2008 to 2010, I have been deputed to Saudi Arabia through my employer like an assignments, the absence was 484 days. My employer provided all the necessary supporting documents and payroll was in the UK and Paid off the tax during that period. I got approved my ILR with the same situation last year.

I sent an email request couple of times, they replied "no decision has yet been made on your application".

I am upset now.. What to do now?...

NG...
Have you had an acknowledgement letter? Or has the HO taken your money? Based on what we are seeing in the forums, approvals for your date are only around 50% or less complete so far, so no need to panic yet.
Yes. The Fee has taken my account on 17th October 2013 and I received my Acknowledgement letter on 24th October 2013.

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Re: Naturalisation

Post by kasi1411gopinath » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:33 pm

kasi1411gopinath wrote:
jotter wrote:
kasi1411gopinath wrote:HI,

I applied my naturalisation on 2nd October 2013 through NCS in Miltonkeynes with my children application. I did not received approval letter from the Home office so far.

In 2008 to 2010, I have been deputed to Saudi Arabia through my employer like an assignments, the absence was 484 days. My employer provided all the necessary supporting documents and payroll was in the UK and Paid off the tax during that period. I got approved my ILR with the same situation last year.

I sent an email request couple of times, they replied "no decision has yet been made on your application".

I am upset now.. What to do now?...

NG...
Have you had an acknowledgement letter? Or has the HO taken your money? Based on what we are seeing in the forums, approvals for your date are only around 50% or less complete so far, so no need to panic yet.
Yes. The Fee has taken my account on 17th October 2013 and I received my Acknowledgement letter on 24th October 2013.

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Naturalization Processing time

Post by amit_shah21 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:35 pm

Eligibility criteria: 5 yer Tier1+ 1 ILR
Method of application: Solicitor, 22/10/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 23/10/13 (Royal mail tracking service)
Date of debit of fees: N/A
Date of acknowledgement letter: N/A
Date of approval letter: N/A
Date of Ceremony: n/A

I have been waiting for Fees to be debited from account and waiting for acknowledgement letter so that i can be sure they hold my application

Thanks
Amit shah

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Re: Naturalisation

Post by kasi1411gopinath » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:35 pm

kasi1411gopinath wrote:
jotter wrote:
kasi1411gopinath wrote:HI,

I applied my naturalisation on 2nd October 2013 through NCS in Miltonkeynes with my children application. I did not received approval letter from the Home office so far.

In 2008 to 2010, I have been deputed to Saudi Arabia through my employer like an assignments, the absence was 484 days. My employer provided all the necessary supporting documents and payroll was in the UK and Paid off the tax during that period. I got approved my ILR with the same situation last year.

I sent an email request couple of times, they replied "no decision has yet been made on your application".

I am upset now.. What to do now?...

NG...
Have you had an acknowledgement letter? Or has the HO taken your money? Based on what we are seeing in the forums, approvals for your date are only around 50% or less complete so far, so no need to panic yet.
Yes. The Fee has taken my account on 17th October 2013 and I received my Acknowledgement letter on 24th October 2013.

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Re: Naturalisation

Post by kasi1411gopinath » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:36 pm

kasi1411gopinath wrote:
kasi1411gopinath wrote:
jotter wrote:
kasi1411gopinath wrote:HI,

I applied my naturalisation on 2nd October 2013 through NCS in Miltonkeynes with my children application. I did not received approval letter from the Home office so far.

In 2008 to 2010, I have been deputed to Saudi Arabia through my employer like an assignments, the absence was 484 days. My employer provided all the necessary supporting documents and payroll was in the UK and Paid off the tax during that period. I got approved my ILR with the same situation last year.

I sent an email request couple of times, they replied "no decision has yet been made on your application".

I am upset now.. What to do now?...

NG...
Have you had an acknowledgement letter? Or has the HO taken your money? Based on what we are seeing in the forums, approvals for your date are only around 50% or less complete so far, so no need to panic yet.
Yes. The Fee has taken my account on 17th October 2013 and I received my Acknowledgement letter on 24th October 2013.

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Post by Siasia1982 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:08 pm

hello all,

Hope somebody can answer my question as I am so confused now!

I have sent an email to UKBA regarding progressing of my application but after couple of hours I have decided to call Croydon office.

During telephone conversation I have been informed that decision has been made and I should receive a letter shortly.

Then I have received an email stating that decision has not been made!

Is anybody had similar situation and what was the outcome?
I have applied end of September, UKBA received on 01.10.2013, fees debited on 11.10.2013 and still waiting when a lot of people who applied far after me already got their approvals?

Confused!!!

thank you for your help.

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Post by Loveislovely » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:48 pm

Siasia1982 wrote:hello all,

Hope somebody can answer my question as I am so confused now!

I have sent an email to UKBA regarding progressing of my application but after couple of hours I have decided to call Croydon office.

During telephone conversation I have been informed that decision has been made and I should receive a letter shortly.

Then I have received an email stating that decision has not been made!

Is anybody had similar situation and what was the outcome?
I have applied end of September, UKBA received on 01.10.2013, fees debited on 11.10.2013 and still waiting when a lot of people who applied far after me already got their approvals?

Confused!!!


thank you for your help.
Hi

I believe that a decision has been made, maybe the email is just one of those standard email, the person you spoke with obviously checked before he/she gave you a reply. Give it few more says, congratulation and enjoy it when it comes.

Loveislovely
All for one, one for all..... Peace

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Post by dhanubs » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:49 pm

Eligibility criteria: 1 Year ILR + Wife of British Citizen
Method of application: NCS Barking
Date of application: 11/10/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 14/10/2013 (tracked on Royal mail)
Date of acknowledgement letter: 06/11/2013
Date of debit of fees: 03/11/2013
Date of approval: 15/11/2013 received on 21/11/2013
Date of Ceremony: TBC

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Post by Siasia1982 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:00 pm

Loveislovely wrote:
Siasia1982 wrote:hello all,

Hope somebody can answer my question as I am so confused now!

I have sent an email to UKBA regarding progressing of my application but after couple of hours I have decided to call Croydon office.

During telephone conversation I have been informed that decision has been made and I should receive a letter shortly.

Then I have received an email stating that decision has not been made!

Is anybody had similar situation and what was the outcome?
I have applied end of September, UKBA received on 01.10.2013, fees debited on 11.10.2013 and still waiting when a lot of people who applied far after me already got their approvals?

Confused!!!


thank you for your help.
Hi

I believe that a decision has been made, maybe the email is just one of those standard email, the person you spoke with obviously checked before he/she gave you a reply. Give it few more says, congratulation and enjoy it when it comes.

Loveislovely
Thank you so much for your reply Loveislovely, hope that decision will be possitive. Will wait then patient next couple of days and see who told me the right info.

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