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naturalisation: here we go!
« on: November 24, 2019, 07:40:38 PM »
My god, has it been a stressful and long road.

I put in my citizenship application a few weeks ago, and have my appointment at Croydon on Thursday (on thanksgiving! going straight from Croydon to a thanksgiving feast...). I've paid for the scanning service again after being very pleased with it for my ILR.

Would appreciate confirmation that this is what I need to bring:
-LIUK pass certificate
-Marriage certificate
-2 referees (one civil servant, one other British person over 25)
-BRP
-my partner's passport
-my current passport
-my expired passport showing when I first entered the UK


I think from others that's all, but it's SO much less stuff than ILR it's making me paranoid!

thanks for all the help over the years, fam. it's been very much appreciated <3
Sept '11: premium service same-day tier 4 visa granted in NYC
July '13: tier 4 visa - applied from boston
October '14: FLRM - applied priority in sheffield office
March '17: FLRM 2 - applied priority in sheffield office
Sept 2019: IRL, priority at Croydon, granted same day
October 2019: submitted naturalisation application
January 2020: citizenship approved!


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2019, 11:46:15 PM »
Don't forget passport photos for your referee docs :)

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My, how time flies....

* Married in the US and applied for first spousal visa August 2013
* Moved to the UK on said visa October 2013
* FLR(M) applied for  May 2016. Biometrics requested June 2016. Approval given July 2016.
* ILR applied for January 2019 (using priority processing). Approved February 2019.
* Citizenship applied for May  2019

**CITIZENSHIP APPROVED July 4, 2019! Formal ceremony on August 28, 2019!**

HEY MOM, I'M A BRIT NOW :D


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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2019, 02:29:21 PM »
right!! had those taken over the weekend. thanks :-)

and referee docs signed today.

omg. omg. so close.
Sept '11: premium service same-day tier 4 visa granted in NYC
July '13: tier 4 visa - applied from boston
October '14: FLRM - applied priority in sheffield office
March '17: FLRM 2 - applied priority in sheffield office
Sept 2019: IRL, priority at Croydon, granted same day
October 2019: submitted naturalisation application
January 2020: citizenship approved!


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2019, 10:45:46 PM »
Pretty much smooth sailing with this application! Yay! Good luck! :)

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My, how time flies....

* Married in the US and applied for first spousal visa August 2013
* Moved to the UK on said visa October 2013
* FLR(M) applied for  May 2016. Biometrics requested June 2016. Approval given July 2016.
* ILR applied for January 2019 (using priority processing). Approved February 2019.
* Citizenship applied for May  2019

**CITIZENSHIP APPROVED July 4, 2019! Formal ceremony on August 28, 2019!**

HEY MOM, I'M A BRIT NOW :D


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2019, 10:44:49 AM »
thanks so much, @x0Kiss0fDeath !!  your post on preparing for the citizenship app was *invaluable*

24 hours to go :-O
Sept '11: premium service same-day tier 4 visa granted in NYC
July '13: tier 4 visa - applied from boston
October '14: FLRM - applied priority in sheffield office
March '17: FLRM 2 - applied priority in sheffield office
Sept 2019: IRL, priority at Croydon, granted same day
October 2019: submitted naturalisation application
January 2020: citizenship approved!


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2019, 11:16:56 AM »
thanks so much, @x0Kiss0fDeath !!  your post on preparing for the citizenship app was *invaluable*

24 hours to go :-O
Eek yay!

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My, how time flies....

* Married in the US and applied for first spousal visa August 2013
* Moved to the UK on said visa October 2013
* FLR(M) applied for  May 2016. Biometrics requested June 2016. Approval given July 2016.
* ILR applied for January 2019 (using priority processing). Approved February 2019.
* Citizenship applied for May  2019

**CITIZENSHIP APPROVED July 4, 2019! Formal ceremony on August 28, 2019!**

HEY MOM, I'M A BRIT NOW :D


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2019, 09:21:30 AM »
Good luck today crimson88!

And Happy Thanksgiving!!
Married April 2014 - 07/2014 Moved to UK on Spouse Visa - 04/2017 FLR(M) granted - 09/2019 ILR applied for - 10/2019 Biometrics and Super Priority appointment -


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2020, 12:30:21 PM »
thanks so much for all your help, especially @x0Kiss0fDeath, @ksand24, @KFdancer, @larrabee over the years! I got my approval in the post today.

@beans -- so hope you hear of yours soon too!
Sept '11: premium service same-day tier 4 visa granted in NYC
July '13: tier 4 visa - applied from boston
October '14: FLRM - applied priority in sheffield office
March '17: FLRM 2 - applied priority in sheffield office
Sept 2019: IRL, priority at Croydon, granted same day
October 2019: submitted naturalisation application
January 2020: citizenship approved!


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2020, 04:32:59 PM »
thanks so much for all your help, especially @x0Kiss0fDeath, @ksand24, @KFdancer, @larrabee over the years! I got my approval in the post today.

@beans -- so hope you hear of yours soon too!

Fantastic news! Congratulations!!!  ;D
March 28th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).March 7th 2018 ILR. YAY! March 21st NCS&JCAP appointment.


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2020, 04:41:03 PM »
thanks so much for all your help, especially @x0Kiss0fDeath, @ksand24, @KFdancer, @larrabee over the years! I got my approval in the post today.

@beans -- so hope you hear of yours soon too!

Wahooo!  Have you booked your ceremony?


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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2020, 08:07:11 PM »
thanks so much for all your help, especially @x0Kiss0fDeath, @ksand24, @KFdancer, @larrabee over the years! I got my approval in the post today.

@beans -- so hope you hear of yours soon too!
Yay!!! I am SO happy for you!!

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My, how time flies....

* Married in the US and applied for first spousal visa August 2013
* Moved to the UK on said visa October 2013
* FLR(M) applied for  May 2016. Biometrics requested June 2016. Approval given July 2016.
* ILR applied for January 2019 (using priority processing). Approved February 2019.
* Citizenship applied for May  2019

**CITIZENSHIP APPROVED July 4, 2019! Formal ceremony on August 28, 2019!**

HEY MOM, I'M A BRIT NOW :D


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Re: naturalisation: here we go!
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2020, 11:08:15 AM »
Wahooo!  Have you booked your ceremony?

unfortunately my council does not yet have *their* notification from the home office yet! so I can't book.

curiously, I received my letter 10 days after it was dated; just hoping my council gets their confirmation in the next week before my 21 days to book is up (they've told me not to worry and that this is normal, at least)

on a fun side note, because of where I live, the Lord Mayor of London will be overseeing the ceremony. I promise pictures of the full regalia.
Sept '11: premium service same-day tier 4 visa granted in NYC
July '13: tier 4 visa - applied from boston
October '14: FLRM - applied priority in sheffield office
March '17: FLRM 2 - applied priority in sheffield office
Sept 2019: IRL, priority at Croydon, granted same day
October 2019: submitted naturalisation application
January 2020: citizenship approved!


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