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by djb123
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:22 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Citizenship Application from Outside UK
Replies: 26
Views: 4304

Maybe I'm missing something but... http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/eligibility/naturalisation/absencesfromuk/ This suggests it is possible to have absences in the final year over 100 days and up to 180 days if the residence requirements over the qualifying period are met and you ...
by djb123
Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:26 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British passport application
Replies: 58
Views: 20735

If you don't know, you don't know. Write unknown. An application should not be rejected for this reason. I'll admit we didn't fill in anything about grandparents, not even unknown on my wife's application. Didn't seem to cause her any problems, as I think it was just under 4 weeks from when she app...
by djb123
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British passport application
Replies: 58
Views: 20735

djb, are all spouses allowed to accompany their partners at these interviews? I mean, did you have to ask for permission, or were they nice and friendly and offered you a seat? :? The interviewer was very nice and friendly. Remember the interview isn't anything to be scared of, in fact they are onl...
by djb123
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:43 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British passport application
Replies: 58
Views: 20735

I was sat the otherside of the room whilst my wife had her interview and could hear all of the questions. Those questions are very similar to what she was asked. I think she was also asked what email address did she put on the form, where was her citizenship ceremony was, and how did she send her a...
by djb123
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British passport application
Replies: 58
Views: 20735

Whirly, thanks a lot. :D I see what you mean about people posting about the passport interview, now. http://www.ukresident.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=67936&view=findpost&p=164467 Questions I was asked: Say name in full and spell it Give address Give date of birth Where was I born Did I have ...
by djb123
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British passport application
Replies: 58
Views: 20735

One thing is the online form seems to think that everyone must have got their British citizenship through blood. So if your parents are not British it asks for your mother's parent's details, and then if they are not British it asks for your father's parent's details. Last time I saw one, the paper...
by djb123
Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:07 am
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British passport application
Replies: 58
Views: 20735

Yes, naturalised applicants would be, but not for their first passport. (The same as everyone else, in fact.) Thanks Christophe. I have to wait for the citizenship ceremony and only then can I fill in the online application form.... :? Everything happens so slowly. :( One thing is the online form s...
by djb123
Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: British Citizenship
Topic: British passport application
Replies: 58
Views: 20735

Are naturalised applicants allowed to use the premium service? :? Yes, naturalised applicants would be, but not for their first passport. (The same as everyone else, in fact.) Thanks Christophe. I have to wait for the citizenship ceremony and only then can I fill in the online application form.... ...
by djb123
Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Referee for naturalisation
Replies: 30
Views: 12393

Referees are not required to say anything about the applicant's presence in the UK during the qualifying period. All they have to do is confirm your identity, that the details on page 4 are correct (to the best of their knowledge) and that they have no convictions. That's it. When I applied for nat...
by djb123
Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Immigration for family members
Topic: Marriage whilst on Visit Visa
Replies: 10
Views: 2524

Re: Marriage whilst on Visit Visa

vinny wrote:
DRS1983 wrote:Could someone please tell me are you allowed to marry whilst in the UK on a visit visa?
I believe that visitors, without a visit for marriage visa, may apply for a COA.
Can you still get married at a Anglican church without a COA? Or has that loophole been closed?
by djb123
Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Referees for Naturalisation application form?
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

Re: Referees for Naturalisation application form?

Not recommended to ask someone who has only known you for 6 months to sign a form claiming they have known you personally for over 3 years when the form states: "I understand that I may be liable for prosecution resulting in a penalty of up to 3 months imprisonment or a fine not exceeding £5,000 or...
by djb123
Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:59 am
Forum: Immigration for family members
Topic: When Visa Accepted
Replies: 3
Views: 895

lesley15 wrote:There citizenship does not change untill they actually qualify to apply for British citizenship.
It actually doesn't change until they have attended their citizenship ceremony and received their certificate.
by djb123
Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:42 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Referee for naturalisation
Replies: 30
Views: 12393

I feel this requirement to allow only certain professionals to serve as referees is quite an outdated one. It's possible this was relevant years ago when people went to church every Sunday (priests/ministers), went to their local and met with their manager personally on a regular basis (Bank manage...
by djb123
Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:27 am
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: ESOL skills for life Certificate - Naturalisation
Replies: 4
Views: 1472

Re: ESOL skills for life Certificate - Naturalisation

sally1 wrote:For natrulisation purposes, Is it correct that if you have the ESOL Skills for Life Cert you DO NOT need to sit the Life in UK Test?
Was it a ESOL skills for life with citizenship? If it didn't mention citizenship then I think you still need to take the Life in the UK test.
by djb123
Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:47 am
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Referee for naturalisation
Replies: 30
Views: 12393

Please suggest as according to guidelines it should be a doctor and my GP surgery says that they do not certfiy the application relating to home office . I wonder why any doctor would refuse to do that for a patient. Does said medic believe he is being asked to give you a character reference? Or is...
by djb123
Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: Referee for naturalisation
Replies: 30
Views: 12393

Re: Referees - foggy area

I must admit that on a first look list of accepted professional referees sounds confusing. I just spoke to HO about referee of type "Engineer (with professional qualifications)" and lady on the other side of the line wasn't even sure what that actually meant. She eventually managed to say that anyo...
by djb123
Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:36 pm
Forum: Immigration for family members
Topic: FLR(m) query
Replies: 13
Views: 5632

The question is, 4.1 Are you applying for an extension of stay instead of indefinite leave to remain even though you have completed, or are about to complete, 2 years in the category which you have ticked above? I am about to complete 2 years though just short of 20 odd days. But you are applying f...
by djb123
Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:35 pm
Forum: Immigration for family members
Topic: FLR(m) query
Replies: 13
Views: 5632

Surely you will be ticking No to the first question in section 4.1 as you haven't yet completed 2 years - if you had you'd be applying for ILR. And hence you don't have to give a reason.
by djb123
Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:30 am
Forum: Europe immigration forum
Topic: BELGIUM VISA APPLICATION CENTRE LONDON - HELL ON EARTH!!
Replies: 33
Views: 17448

It might override some provisions, but a Filipino without a residence card will still need a visa. And as no embassy will issue a visa to a Filipino on the same day (minimum of 2 weeks delay) trying to get one at the point of entry ain't likely to happen.
by djb123
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Europe immigration forum
Topic: BELGIUM VISA APPLICATION CENTRE LONDON - HELL ON EARTH!!
Replies: 33
Views: 17448

Sue them. I personally won't let this lie. It is the very fact that no one does anything (or tried but could get enough remedy) about these situations that they continue to get away with it. Not knowing the rules is one thing - but at least the supervisors or higher authorities should know. Then ag...
by djb123
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:10 am
Forum: Europe immigration forum
Topic: South African Partner - British Child Holiday Visa
Replies: 13
Views: 2076

What concerns me is that we will be applying for the Visa in advance of being married. (The link did not work, by the way.) So she will not formally be my wife at the time of application. Unless your daughter is also her daughter, she will have to get a normal, paid for, schengen visa. It only beco...
by djb123
Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: Europe immigration forum
Topic: South African Partner - British Child Holiday Visa
Replies: 13
Views: 2076

Your fiancee will have to apply for a visa even according to the directive. "Family members who are not nationals of a Member State shall only be required to have an entry visa in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 or, where appropriate, with national law. For the purposes of this Directive...
by djb123
Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:07 am
Forum: Immigration for family members
Topic: Sponsors letter and financial evidence for fiancee visa
Replies: 1
Views: 999

I don't think there really is a set list of things that need to be included as part of the sponsor's letter. When I wrote mine I used it to provide relationship details and any other useful information that couldn't be included within the application form. Your finances should not be an issue especi...
by djb123
Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:24 am
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: British Citizen
Replies: 9
Views: 2003

Obviously, it is likely to be useful to have one (both for travel and for purposes of proving identity etc in the UK), although if you retain your original citizenship on naturalisation you can apply to have a right of abode certificate placed in your current passport to allow you to enter the UK u...
by djb123
Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: General UK Immigration forum
Topic: how much saving I should have for Nationalization?
Replies: 3
Views: 988

No, that is not right. They do not want you to provide bank statements when you apply for naturalisation.
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