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by andrej
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: After getting the British Passport
Replies: 15
Views: 1703

Re: After getting the British Passport

Naturalisation certificate is the proof that you are a British Citizen. Passport is only a travel document. Please please don't lose your certificate. However, you do not need to carry the certificate while traveling. From UKBA website: "The most acceptable evidence of British citizenship is a Brit...
by andrej
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Using same pics for nationality and passport
Replies: 10
Views: 3300

Re: Using same pics for nationality and passport

Yes I did and the funny thing I had the same picture on the PR as well, hence I think I got away as PR was issued about 15 months back FYI - for my appllication, used pics that were 2-3 yrs old and I got away with it. Have had my interview and am waiting for my passport. I think in practice it is n...
by andrej
Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Interesting situation and First Adult British passport
Replies: 1
Views: 511

Interesting situation and First Adult British passport

Someone I know has a colleague at work who was born and bred to British parents and grandparents and great-grandparents in this country and who is applying for a first adult BP at the age of 30-something. This person is at the moment mega stressed as the IPS is asking for Birth Certificate, Marriage...
by andrej
Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Passport application - Entry visa in cancelled passport
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

Don't bother with your cancelled passport. They are not trying to establish if you qualify for BC or not hence to give you or not give you a passport. You've already done this thing and your certificate of naturalisation proves it. All they need to know is that you are who you claim to be and you ha...
by andrej
Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British Passport application processing timelines (only)
Replies: 7973
Views: 1191024

Passport for: Adult Application Type: New Method of application: Check & Send Date of application: 22 December 2012 Date application received by IPS: N/A Date of return of documents: 5 January 2012 Date of receipt of interview letter: 4 January 2012 Date of Passport Appointment: 12 January 2012 Date...
by andrej
Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: To send or NOT to send - passport application!
Replies: 1
Views: 605

To send or NOT to send - passport application!

The current passport application form and handbook (dated 26.09.2012) only ask for “all UNCANCELLED passports” to be sent in with the application. “A cancelled passport has the top right-hand corner of the cover cut off.” No-where does it say to send in the passport used to enter the UK for the firs...
by andrej
Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: referee question Urgetn please
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: referee question Urgetn please

Booker2012 wrote:
must be original .

thanks
by andrej
Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Approval Letter and Nationality Checking Service
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Yes,i have the same experience of andrej that I also applied through NCS and then recieved a letter which informed me of approval and told me to contact my local council and they provided the details. After I called them, the council then sent me a separate invitation/confirmation by e-mail . I hav...
by andrej
Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Approval Letter and Nationality Checking Service
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Re: Approval Letter and Nationality Checking Service

Hi all, Just a quick one to those who received their approval letter recently and applied through a Nationality Checking Service. Does the home office send the letter directly to your home address? or is the letter sent to the council where the application was made, then the council forward the let...
by andrej
Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Citizenship Ceremony Timeline
Replies: 5
Views: 1609

Re: Citizenship Ceremony Timeline

Can't believe I have to wait another five weeks to be given my Naturalisation Certificate by Cardiff Council, after waiting patiently for the past 11 years to get to this stage. Considering it took UKBA only three weeks to process my application, I’m surprised the bureaucracy within the UKBA is beg...
by andrej
Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Citizenship Ceremony Timeline
Replies: 5
Views: 1609

Re: Citizenship Ceremony Timeline

Can't believe I have to wait another five weeks to be given my Naturalisation Certificate by Cardiff Council, after waiting patiently for the past 11 years to get to this stage. Considering it took UKBA only three weeks to process my application, I’m surprised the bureaucracy within the UKBA is beg...
by andrej
Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: EEA Citizens - How long did you wait for your approval?
Replies: 28
Views: 3236

All good now. Got the letter yesterday. The application took 1 month from NCS to recieving the letter. Thumbs up Andrej! The problem is getting hold of the Ceremony Team. Seems to be nobody in the office picking up. I can't sit at home and call them every 5 mins. I have to go to work. ANOYING. Have...
by andrej
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: EEA Citizens - How long did you wait for your approval?
Replies: 28
Views: 3236

My husband got his BC approval yesterday (15 Nov.) which took just under 6 weeks from application date via NCS (5 Oct.). Is there anything extra that was supplied with the application? I see that some people do their own CRB checks and send it on with the application. Was it a straight forward case...
by andrej
Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: EEA-route Applications
Topic: EEA4 permenant residence... and immigration officer
Replies: 53
Views: 7512

I've heard stories of naturilised citizens whose place of birth on UK passport indicates outside of UK being asked questions like: "How did you get this passport?"... I've seen with my eyes, and heard with my ears, this one: EU airport (not the UK!), passport check to leave the country, the couple ...
by andrej
Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Europe immigration forum
Topic: EEA family member require airline ticket for Spanish visa
Replies: 61
Views: 11746

I received an email from Lithuanian SOLVIT centre and asked me to provide: Due to this case and trouble, how much this dispute would cost me for the next twelve months? I am confused and don't know the answer.... Shall I give them the cost of any legal action I would take?? :?: or say no cost I tot...
by andrej
Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: EEA Citizens - How long did you wait for your approval?
Replies: 28
Views: 3236

If there should really be a measurable difference, the only explanation I could think of is that there are two different sub-departments: one dedicated to EEA applications, Do you mean to say that "EEA aplications" as in EEA citizens only or it also includes family members of EEA citizens who are a...
by andrej
Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: EEA Citizens - How long did you wait for your approval?
Replies: 28
Views: 3236

My husband got his BC approval yesterday (15 Nov.) which took just under 6 weeks from application date via NCS (5 Oct.). Is there anything extra that was supplied with the application? I see that some people do their own CRB checks and send it on with the application. Was it a straight forward case...
by andrej
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: EEA Citizens - How long did you wait for your approval?
Replies: 28
Views: 3236

I've noticed that it takes longer for PR holders then those applying through UK route. I’ve applied though NCS on 17th Aug, delivered to HO on 20th Aug. Still waiting… Sorry to hear that. I wish I knew how ity all works. Do individual case workers make all the difference? How many applications does...
by andrej
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: EEA Citizens - How long did you wait for your approval?
Replies: 28
Views: 3236

My husband got his BC approval yesterday (15 Nov.) which took just under 6 weeks from application date via NCS (5 Oct.). I've noticed your post earlier on. WOW! That was really quick. You must be over the moon. I've had luck with both EEA2 (3weeks) and EEA4 (2 months), so I am hoping naturalisation...
by andrej
Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: EEA Citizens - How long did you wait for your approval?
Replies: 28
Views: 3236

There seems to be a delay for EEA route applicants. I applied in Middle of August and still waiting for approval. 12 Weeks and counting. Its really frustrating to see people applied in September and October started to get their approval who are not on the EEA route. I wonder why this discrimination...
by andrej
Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: Naturalisation application processing timelines (only)
Replies: 12108
Views: 2724945

Eligibility criteria: WH 2004-2006, EEA2 2006-2011, EEA4 2011 Method of application: NCS (Portsmouth) Date of application: 5 November 2012 Date of receipt by UKBA: 6 November 2012 Date of debit of fees: 8 November 2012 Date of receipt of acknowledgement: 15 November 2012 (Dated 08/11/2012) Date of r...
by andrej
Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: No exit controls in UK. How does UKBA count absences?
Replies: 22
Views: 10930

When in Spain, more than a year ago I witnessed the IOs literally waving EEA citizens through. One only needed to hold up the passport or I.D. card and pass!! I had to stop and show the guy my non-EU passport, for which he had to pretend an effort. I have seen the same approach a few times in summe...
by andrej
Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: No exit controls in UK. How does UKBA count absences?
Replies: 22
Views: 10930

Each and every time I cross a British border (ferry or airplane, not sure about train, though), my passport / id-card is put on a scanner (something like this or this ). The machine-readable-zone is read and the border officer compares what appears on the monitor with my passport and with my face. ...
by andrej
Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: No exit controls in UK. How does UKBA count absences?
Replies: 22
Views: 10930

If the former, try to construct her dates from travel tickets (these days it is all online/email), frequent flyer records, credit card statements for tickets purchased, holiday request from work (if she works) etc. do your best to be accurate. I think it is an interesting question... "How do they g...
by andrej
Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:45 am
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: No exit controls in UK. How does UKBA count absences?
Replies: 22
Views: 10930

Though there are no exit stamps from any UK airport, u still get entry stamps when u land at any country. UKBA can see those entry stamps and calculate the absences. Not really, EEA citizens and their Non-EEA family members do not get any entry stamps, or aren't supposed to get stamped. Saying that...
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