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apple02
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Post by apple02 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:07 pm

Eligibity: ILR Since God Knows lool but am eligible
Current nationality: Jamaican
Method of application: Self
Date of application: 23/10/13
Date of receipt by UKBA: 24/10/13 (Tracked via Royal Mail)
Date of acknowledgment: Awaiting Acknowledgement letter
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 12/12/13 (Account balance dropped today)
Date approval received:
Date of ceremony:

So guys its very interesting how my account balance was dropped today because I found a new job within the NHS and I need to show my passport (originals) to show proof of identity. I phoned the Croydon HO yesterday and requested my documents back online so today I checked and they have debited my account. So literally it took me to request my documents back for them to finally debit my account kmmmt

I remember the woman telling me yesterday that it may take another two weeks for them to still get through October

Jenny177
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Re: update

Post by Jenny177 » Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:26 pm

djafar007 wrote:application sent: 24/10/2013
recieved by UKBA: 25/10/2013
no response from them so far
i sent them email yesterday and this is the copy of their response
can confirm you application was received on 25/10/13.



You should receive an acknowledgment letter between 4-6 weeks after we received your application. During busy periods this may even take 7 weeks. If you have not received such a letter, please contact us for a duplicate acknowledgment letter.


I have checked our records and can confirm that no decision has yet been made on your application.

We aim to process 95% of applications within 6 months however there are a small percentage of applications that take longer than this to be resolved.

All applications for citizenship are subject to enquiries to ensure that the statutory requirements have been satisfied. Because of these enquiries, we anticipate that applications may take up to six months to complete. Some applications may be dealt with more quickly and some may take longer, depending on the nature of the enquiries to be carried out. Our service standards set out how quickly we aim to decide applications for British citizenship. The standard is that we will decide 95% of applications within six months.


When the decision is made, or if we require further information from you, we will contact you in writing.
i think this is te standard response from them
so we need to keep waiting again after 8 weeks
hope will have the good news soon
Djafar007, which email did you use? Can you please share it here because I would like to ask them the same question?

jonjr023
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Post by jonjr023 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:00 am

Cousin D Timeline
Eligibility criteria: ( 5yrs + 1ILR )
Method of application: Postal
Date posted: 24/10/13
Date of receipt by UKBA: 25/1013,
Date of debit of fees:TBA
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: TBA
Date of receipt of approval: TBA
Date of Ceremony:TBA
still waiting ?

UPDATE :D
And finally its here !!!!
Eligibility criteria: ( 3 yrs spouse of BC)
Method of application: Postal
Date posted: 08/10/13
Date of receipt by UKBA: 10/1013,
Date of debit of fees:30/10/13, (Dated Cleared: 05/11/2013)
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 01/11/13, Dated: 30/10/13
Date of receipt of approval: 12/12/13 (Dated 07/12/13)
Date of Ceremony:TBA

WOW am so happy, Thanks to the almighty God
he knows best !!! :D :lol:

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first timer

Post by edp » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:13 am

Timeline
Eligibility Criteria: 2 years married to BC
Method of application: Postal
Date Posted: 23/10/2013
Date Received by UKBA: 25/10/2013
Date of direct debit: TBA
Acknowledgement: TBA
Approval: TBA
Ceremony: TBA.


PS. This fourm has been a source of comfort to me, i was beginning to worry but relieved not to be the only one without a reply from the home office. Good luck to everyone!

Monika_33
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Post by Monika_33 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:09 am

Simtin wrote:
Monika_33 wrote:It seems the Home Office deals with the applications at random.

Mine was submitted on 23 Sep through NCS and still no approval.

My ex-husband (we received the ILR together in 2006) sent his application himself just before 25 Oct got the approval letter today.

I am speechless!!!
I was starting think that an application through NCS or the solicitors was the best way to get a quick result. Seeing as you don't have to send all the documents (e.g. passport) with. But I guess not. It's just up to the universe!!!!
My approval was also received yesterday. Letter dated 7 December.
Good luck to everyone!

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Post by prajit123 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:20 am

This forum has been very helpful in terms of timelines. Please see my details below:

Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: ILR +6 months
Method of application: National checking in service (Brent)
Date of receipt by UKBA: 22nd Oct 2013
Date of debit of fees: 21st Nov 2013
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 22nd Nov 2013
Date of receipt of approval: 12/12/2013(dated 6th Aug)
Date of Ceremony: 7th Jan 2014

Thank you all for the information provided.

Simtin
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Re: New and waiting

Post by Simtin » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:34 am

Simtin wrote:Criteria: [HSMP 2 yr+Tier 1 3 yrs + 1 yr ILR] Myself
NCS or Postal: SD Post
Date of applied: 21/10/2013
Date of application received: 22/10/2013 (Royal Mail),
Date of fees debited : 21/11/2013
Date of letter of acknowledgement :24/11/2013 (Dated 21/11/2013)
Date of receipt of approval: Pending
Date of Ceremony: Pending

I keep checking the Special Delivery Tracking number to see if my documents are on their way but Nothing!!!!1
UPDATE........

NCS or Postal: SD Post
Date of applied: 21/10/2013
Date of application received: 22/10/2013 (Royal Mail),
Date of fees debited : 21/11/2013
Date of letter of acknowledgement :24/11/2013 (Dated 21/11/2013)
Date of receipt of approval: 13/12/2013 (Friday the 13th!!! - feeling lucky :-)) [Dated 11/12/2013]
Date of Ceremony: Pending

Good Luck Everyone!!!

ah_kassem
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Post by ah_kassem » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:49 am

Hi Guys,

did anyone who appled in the first week of November had thier fees taken from thier accounts? I applied on 5th Nov for my wife and nothing been taken so far

ah_kassem

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Post by blueclouds1234 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:41 am

ah_kassem wrote:Hi Guys,

did anyone who appled in the first week of November had thier fees taken from thier accounts? I applied on 5th Nov for my wife and nothing been taken so far

ah_kassem
i applied 4th November. fees have still not been taken.

LanaCHEL
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Post by LanaCHEL » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:48 am

ah_kassem wrote:Hi Guys,

did anyone who appled in the first week of November had thier fees taken from thier accounts? I applied on 5th Nov for my wife and nothing been taken so far

ah_kassem


After just reading this very helpful forum for a few months, I am finally decided to register. I have applied on 5th of November too and heard nothing since... So frustrating

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Post by imran22 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:06 pm

Approval update

Eligibility criteria: HSMP + Tier-1 + ILR
Method of application: NCS
Date of application: 15-10-2013
Payment method: Credit card
Date of receipt by UKBA: Unknown (no tracking number provided)
Date of acknowledgment: TBA
Date of debit or clearance of fees: 11-11-2013 (drop in balance and not appeared on transactions)
Date approval received: 13-12-2013 (dated 07-12-2013)
Date of ceremony: TBA

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Post by jotter » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:23 pm

No action at all on November applications yet. From this forum we've had one fee deduction that we know of from an application received by the UKBA on October 29th, other than that it's all Oct 25th or earlier. Hopefully late next week or the week after we'll start to see fee deductions for November apps. On the positive side, though, the last 24 hours have seen real progress with approvals from October and that's good news for everyone.

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Post by djafar007 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:59 pm

Hi Jenny177
this is the HO nationality help desk email address
NationalityHelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk)
i think its the standard email response from them .
good luck

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Post by sarvosuper » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:51 pm

I have had my payment deducted yesterday finaly after 7 long weeks ..just to inform the timelines

Applied via Royal Mail on 22/10/2013
Recieved by UKBA - 23/10/2013

Payment deducted via credit card - 10/12/13

Acknowledgement reciept - 12/12/13

Now the wait begins ...hope for the best
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Jenny177
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Post by Jenny177 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:10 pm

djafar007 wrote:Hi Jenny177
this is the HO nationality help desk email address
NationalityHelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk)
i think its the standard email response from them .
good luck
Yes, I already emailed them this morning and they replied. Thank you :)

Jenny177
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Post by Jenny177 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:43 pm

jotter wrote:No action at all on November applications yet. From this forum we've had one fee deduction that we know of from an application received by the UKBA on October 29th, other than that it's all Oct 25th or earlier. Hopefully late next week or the week after we'll start to see fee deductions for November apps. On the positive side, though, the last 24 hours have seen real progress with approvals from October and that's good news for everyone.
I think the problem is that we haven't really seen a major improvement for applications submitted after 23 October. In their standard email response, the HO states that during busy times it may take up to 7 weeks before they debit accounts so does that basically mean that all accounts should be debited before mid-January?

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ILR + 6 Months

Post by mbnarayn » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:45 pm

prajit123 wrote:This forum has been very helpful in terms of timelines. Please see my details below:

Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: ILR +6 months
Method of application: National checking in service (Brent)
Date of receipt by UKBA: 22nd Oct 2013
Date of debit of fees: 21st Nov 2013
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 22nd Nov 2013
Date of receipt of approval: 12/12/2013(dated 6th Aug)
Date of Ceremony: 7th Jan 2014

Thank you all for the information provided.
Congrats on your progress. Noticed you applied 6 months after ILR, are you married to a British Citizen?

jonjr023
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Post by jonjr023 » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:33 am

jonjr023 wrote:Cousin D Timeline
Eligibility criteria: ( 5yrs + 1ILR )
Method of application: Postal
Date posted: 24/10/13
Date of receipt by UKBA: 25/1013,
Date of debit of fees:TBA
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: TBA
Date of receipt of approval: TBA
Date of Ceremony:TBA
still waiting ?

UPDATE :D
And finally its here !!!!
Eligibility criteria: ( 3 yrs spouse of BC)
Method of application: Postal
Date posted: 08/10/13
Date of receipt by UKBA: 10/1013,
Date of debit of fees:30/10/13, (Dated Cleared: 05/11/2013)
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 01/11/13, Dated: 30/10/13
Date of receipt of approval: 12/12/13 (Dated 07/12/13)
update
Date of Ceremony:15/01/2014

WOW am so happy, Thanks to the almighty God
he knows best !!! :D :lol:
thanks to everyone here for their post
this really helps alot and well it helped me
try not to think about it and give urself space to breath

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Post by mabamba » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:21 am

Eligibility criteria: Spouse of BC 2yrs + 2yrs ILR
Method of application: Self
Date of application: 18/10/13
Date of receipt by UKBA: 21/10/13
Date of acknowledgement : 22/11/13 Dated 19/11/13 with payment slip.
Date of debit of fees: 03/12/13 cleared from the accout 05/12/13
Date of approval: Waiting
Date of Ceremony:Waiting


Payment slip posted back on 27/11/13 and fee debited on 03/12/13

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Post by Green apple » Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:21 pm

Eligibility criteria : 5yrs residence
Method of application: Solicitor
Date of application: 13/12/2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: waiting
Date of acknowledgement : waiting
Date of debit of fees: waiting
Date of approval: Waiting
Date of Ceremony:Waiting

Light27
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2yrs Spouse of BC + 1yr ILR

Post by Light27 » Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:27 pm

NATURALISATION APPLICATION TIMELINE:-

Eligibility Criteria: 3yrs Spouse of BC

Method of Application: NCS Sutton

Date of Application : 21/10/2013

Date of Receipt by UKBA : 22/10/2013 (DX Tracking)

Date of Debit of Fees : 22/11/2013

Date of Receipt of Acknowledgement: 26/11/2013 (Dated: 22/11/2013)

Date of Receipt of Approval: 14/12/2013 (Dated: 10/12/2013)

Date of Ceremony: TBC

It took 50 days (7weeks) to get the approval from the day it was received by UKBA :). :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by waitingformonths » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:22 pm

Eligibility criteria: 5 years (WP + Tier 1) + 1 year ILR
Method of application: NCS Manchester
Date of application: 15-Aug-2013
Date of receipt by UKBA: 19-Aug-2013
Date acknowledged: 21-Aug-2013 (dated 19-Aug-2013)
Date of Fees taken: 19-Aug-2013
Approval Letter Dated: 13-Nov-2013
Approval Letter Received On: 23-Nov-2013

attended the ceremony last week. I am all done now.

Now I can relax and dispose a suit case full of supporting documents I have kept safe with me dating almost 9 years back. I will really enjoy doing this, so I am going to buy a new shredder just for this :)

sam800
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Post by sam800 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:34 pm

hi waitingformonths,

congratulations !

i would scan and backup jan and jul copies of each year before shredding just in case.

best,
sam

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Post by butter_fly » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:01 pm

Eligibility Criteria: 3yrs Spouse of BC

Method of Application: NCS Reading
Date of Application : 03/12/2013

Date of Receipt by UKBA : 04/12/2013 (Tracking)

Date of Debit of Fees : 17/01/2014

Date of Receipt of Acknowledgement: 20/01/2014 (dated 17/01)

Date of Receipt of Approval: waiting

Date of Ceremony: waiting
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Post by Yulichka » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:02 pm

Hello all,

I though I add my timeline too, this forum has been very helpful last year when I applied for ILR

Application Timeline
Eligibility criteria: 10yr + 1yr ILR
Date of application: 12/12/2013
Method of application: NCS (Wandsworth)
Date of receipt by UKBA: 12/12/2013
Date of debit of fees: 20/01/2004
Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 21/01/2014
Date of receipt of approval: tbc
Date of Ceremony: tbc
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