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  • #16
    Are (approved) driving instructors still okay to use as a referee?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Gavva View Post
      Are (approved) driving instructors still okay to use as a referee?
      Yep. On the list.

      http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/si...xa?view=Binary

      Nick

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      • #18
        priority
        just found a place NCS which is a 10 minute walk away now at a charge of £80...

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        • #19
          Just for people's info, the Warwick NCS is about £65 if I remember correctly (phoned them a few weeks ago)

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          • #20
            Originally posted by prioritypress View Post
            Applied at Sutton (South London) NCS as the easiest/quickest for an appointment near us.

            Lovely and quiet little place. Cheap parking right outside. Arrived at about 10.10 for a 10.30 and seen early.

            Friendly registrar called Maureen and out by 11 for a fry-up and a cup of tea.

            Highly recommended


            Nick
            Money was taken out on the 25th July. Letter dated 25th July arrived today 3rd August confirming payment etc.


            Nick

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            • #21
              I have two friends who've recently gained British Citizenship. I can't be certain (and I will ask them as soon as I can) but I've fairly sure they both had a decision within about a month.

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              • #22
                Just spoken to my mate and he confirmed it was about four weeks from sending the application to hearing conformation of British Citizenship and a further two/ three weeks to go to the ceremony where you have to swear allegiance to the Queen and receive the certificate.

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                • #23
                  Hoping it's even quicker than that.

                  A friend of the wife's has had hers confirmed in 3 weeks.


                  Nick

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                  • #24
                    These are all pleasantly surprising turn around times. Due to previous experiences with UKBA I wouldn't have expected it to be any quicker than about 3-6 months, so less than 2 months from submission to ceremony sounds pretty good to me

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                    • #25
                      No confirmation letter yet - but called Chelsea Town Hall and they told me the certificate has arrived today.

                      Can you book a private ceremony without the number/reference on the letter?


                      Nick

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                      • #26
                        Still no letter...

                        Any ideas?


                        Nick

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by prioritypress View Post

                          Any ideas?

                          Wait for tomorrows post as it may be down to the royal mail

                          colin 244

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                          • #28
                            How does it work?

                            Do you get a letter from UKBA then an invite from the council?

                            We want a private ceremony anyway.

                            Nick

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                            • #29
                              We were told you receive letter from Home-Office then you contact local council. Our payment was processed 24th July and still waiting. It only been 6 weeks, I don't know who is more excited me of the wife!!

                              Andy

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                              • #30
                                We went to NCS on Friday 19th July - our payment went out on the 25th July.

                                Still no letters. I assume we hear from the council it was sent too (Chelsea) not at Sutton NCS?


                                Nick

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