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Citizenship app question
« on: July 11, 2022, 07:13:22 PM »
Hi Everyone, I applied for citizenship on the 4th of July because well I was ready and it seemed poetic. All of the documents seem straightforward. The only one Im confused about is a document regarding my proof of living in the UK for the past 3 years. Would that just mean my passport again?

So far Ive got:

My passport
My partners passport
Marriage certificate
ILR BRP
2 Referee forums
Part 1 and 2consent forums

Thanks for the assistance!


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2022, 06:03:43 PM »
Yes, your passport will also serve as proof of living in the UK, specifically that you were physically present in the UK on the first day of your qualifying period, and that the stamps on the passport match the travel history you report in your application. Questions have arisen though, for those of us who have US passports and have been using the ePassport gate at the UK Border to get back into the country, because our passports don't get stamped when we cross the border.

If this applies to you, have a careful read of Home Office guidance for its staff how to consider applications for naturalisation as a British citizen, specifically Page 16. My reading of this is that the stamped passport serves as the primary proof of living, but it can be backed up with correspondences you received at your address during the qualifying period (i.e. from them it would be common-sensical to conclude that you have been living here.)

In my case, I decided to put together a small collection of correspondences, 2~3 per each qualifying year, from HMRC, NHS, bank and local council. I then wrote a short note
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Please note that, as a holder of a biometric passport of the United States of America, I have been able to use the e-Passport gate at the UK Border to enter the country since May 2019. Because of this, there are no UK entry passport stamps in my passport corresponding to the three foreign trips I took during the qualifying period listed in the application. The passport shows entry and exit stamps of the destination country for these trips. I have provided scans of select correspondences I received during the qualifying period as additional evidence for my residing in the UK.
and submitted the scans as supporting documents. Whether this helped or was just an overkill (perhaps Home Office does have electronic records of my coming and going that the case worker can access), I have no way of knowing. All I can say is that it apparently did not detract, since my application was approved and was in fact processed in very good time.

Does anyone else have any more clarity on this matter?
My Immigration Timeline:
Spouse visa: Applied online 05-03-2016 / Granted 10-04-2016
Arrival in UK: 01-05-2016
FLR(M): Applied online 11-12-2018 / Granted 08-01-2019 (Super Priority)
SET(M): Applied online 06-07-2021 / Granted 02-08-2021 (Super Priority)
Citizenship: Applied online 24-02-2022 / Approved 22-04-2022 / Granted 18-05-2022
First UK Passport: Applied online 10-06-2022 / Received 15-07-2022


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2022, 11:11:16 PM »
Does anyone else have any more clarity on this matter?

They should have an electronic record of all your travel on your passport, even if you don’t have stamps, so you shouldn’t need to include any evidence of living in the UK.


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2022, 08:18:57 AM »
You need your Life in the UK test certificate.
Feb 2014 - Married
29/04/2014 - Spouse Application Approved
02/05/2014 - Visa Received
09/01/2017 - FLR(M) Granted
22/07/2019 - ILR Granted
05/05/2022 - Citizenship


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2022, 08:36:17 AM »
You need your Life in the UK test certificate.

Ah yes, thank you. I've already put my pass code down on the application, we don't get a physical copy anymore unfortunately.


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2022, 11:25:47 AM »
Ah yes, thank you. I've already put my pass code down on the application, we don't get a physical copy anymore unfortunately.

Ah good. Just wanted to make sure it had been covered just in case.
Feb 2014 - Married
29/04/2014 - Spouse Application Approved
02/05/2014 - Visa Received
09/01/2017 - FLR(M) Granted
22/07/2019 - ILR Granted
05/05/2022 - Citizenship


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2022, 11:59:23 AM »
I just received my citizenship at the end of June and my passport was sufficient evidence of residence. They will have electronic record of your passport being scanned.
Met Mr. Beatlemania: 20 Jan 2010
Tier 4 Visa Approved: 17 Sep 2012
Spousal Visa Received:  22 Sep 2014
Ohio to Essex: 26 October 2014
FLR(M): 10 May 2017
ILR: 23 October 2019
Citizenship: 6 September 2022


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2022, 06:21:10 PM »
I just received my citizenship at the end of June and my passport was sufficient evidence of residence. They will have electronic record of your passport being scanned.

Thanks for the feedback! When did you submit or do biometrics? I'm interested to see the approximate processing times.


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2022, 02:10:11 PM »
I, too, submitted my citizenship application on July 4. It wasn't quite planned that way, but everything was ready to go, and that was the day I hit the submit button as it happened. It seemed poetic to me as well and I'm kind of glad that's how it went in the end. Now the big wait.


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2022, 05:26:35 PM »
I just received my citizenship at the end of June and my passport was sufficient evidence of residence. They will have electronic record of your passport being scanned.
Excellent, it's good to have clarity on this matter now. Congratulations!
My Immigration Timeline:
Spouse visa: Applied online 05-03-2016 / Granted 10-04-2016
Arrival in UK: 01-05-2016
FLR(M): Applied online 11-12-2018 / Granted 08-01-2019 (Super Priority)
SET(M): Applied online 06-07-2021 / Granted 02-08-2021 (Super Priority)
Citizenship: Applied online 24-02-2022 / Approved 22-04-2022 / Granted 18-05-2022
First UK Passport: Applied online 10-06-2022 / Received 15-07-2022


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2022, 01:45:10 PM »
I, too, submitted my citizenship application on July 4. It wasn't quite planned that way, but everything was ready to go, and that was the day I hit the submit button as it happened. It seemed poetic to me as well and I'm kind of glad that's how it went in the end. Now the big wait.

@anxiousandwaiting  and @JoeFromNJ  I submitted on Monday the 18th. I can’t log into UKVAAS to schedule biometrics bc I don’t know my UAN? Where can I find this? Also got the email that they’re assessing to see if I can use the app (maybe this is why I can’t log in?)

How long if you did the app did it take them to get with you on that? 4 days feels long to not have heard anything after hitting submit . Maybe it is just that “hurry up and wait” feeling
Application: April 5 2017
Biometrics: April 13 2017
Received: April 19 2017
Decision email: June 6 2017
Decision: June 8 2017 -- APPROVED! 😊
Arrived in UK: June 24, 2017

FLR(m): Applied standard - 20 Dec 2019
Biometrics done - 13 January 2020
Approved for FLR(m)!  Feb 2020

ILR Applied Super Priority - 12 July 2022
Biometrics (got a cancellation!) -13 July 2022
APPROVED! - 13 July 2022

Next up - Naturalisation application!


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2022, 04:37:00 PM »
@anxiousandwaiting  and @JoeFromNJ  I submitted on Monday the 18th. I can’t log into UKVAAS to schedule biometrics bc I don’t know my UAN? Where can I find this? Also got the email that they’re assessing to see if I can use the app (maybe this is why I can’t log in?)

How long if you did the app did it take them to get with you on that? 4 days feels long to not have heard anything after hitting submit . Maybe it is just that “hurry up and wait” feeling

It took about 8 days I think for them to assess and tell me to use the app. And the UAN is either on the confirmation email, or if you log back in to your application after submitting, it should be somewhere on that page with further actions if you scroll down.


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2022, 07:29:19 PM »
It took about 8 days I think for them to assess and tell me to use the app. And the UAN is either on the confirmation email, or if you log back in to your application after submitting, it should be somewhere on that page with further actions if you scroll down.

Thank you so much! Makes me feel better. :) I logged back in but the number is in a slightly different format I think. I’ll wait - has only been 3 days really 😂
Application: April 5 2017
Biometrics: April 13 2017
Received: April 19 2017
Decision email: June 6 2017
Decision: June 8 2017 -- APPROVED! 😊
Arrived in UK: June 24, 2017

FLR(m): Applied standard - 20 Dec 2019
Biometrics done - 13 January 2020
Approved for FLR(m)!  Feb 2020

ILR Applied Super Priority - 12 July 2022
Biometrics (got a cancellation!) -13 July 2022
APPROVED! - 13 July 2022

Next up - Naturalisation application!


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2022, 09:01:52 PM »
Thank you so much! Makes me feel better. :) I logged back in but the number is in a slightly different format I think. I’ll wait - has only been 3 days really 😂
Your UAN (Unique Application Number) should be on the pdf of your completed application, near the top of the first page just below your name. Note that this is different from the payment reference number.
My Immigration Timeline:
Spouse visa: Applied online 05-03-2016 / Granted 10-04-2016
Arrival in UK: 01-05-2016
FLR(M): Applied online 11-12-2018 / Granted 08-01-2019 (Super Priority)
SET(M): Applied online 06-07-2021 / Granted 02-08-2021 (Super Priority)
Citizenship: Applied online 24-02-2022 / Approved 22-04-2022 / Granted 18-05-2022
First UK Passport: Applied online 10-06-2022 / Received 15-07-2022


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Re: Citizenship app question
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2022, 08:38:38 AM »
I just used my brand new UK passport to enter the UK for the first time.  It was a nice feeling and I was a tad bit patriotic.  It was short lived as I exited the tunnel and saw the people that had been stuck on tiny roads in Kent for 22 hours!  Unbelievable how stupidly that whole thing has been managed.


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