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    I spotted this on another forum this morning and thought it would prove useful if posted here as well :-

    I recently submitted my nationality application at the Haringey NCS. Here are a few comments:

    • They have a walk in service from 9:30 – 11:30 (no appointments).
    • Fees including VAT are £35.25 for a single, £58.75 for joint husband and wife, plus £11.75 for children (one or more).
    • They are very busy right now, so expect a wait of a few hours before you are seen. This delay seems to have increased dramatically over the last few weeks. If you arrive before 11:30, you will be seen in any case but you have to wait. They have a nice waiting room and a “marriage room” next door for overflow.
    • If you submit a joint application (husband and wife) make sure both adults appear personally. This is quite different than submitting an immigration application in Croydon, where the main applicant can do everything on behalf of the other family members.
    • They copy everything except the academic certificates, which are sent to Liverpool in the original. These will be sent back by post.
    • They ask you to make sure that you are not travelling over the next 5 days, because you need to be in the UK when the application is received in Liverpool. The application is sent overnight, but I think they add a few days to cover any delays that might occur in the Home Office logging in the application.
    • They said the Home Office will acknowledge the application in writing within 2 weeks.
    • They said they would send the application that day and provided me with a special delivery tracking number so I could monitor its progress.
    • The lady who checked my application said their “record” was getting Home Office approval in 5 days, but they don’t want to raise peoples' hopes unrealistically. Her more "official" line was that the majority of people can expect approval within about 3 months (which is less than the official 4.11 months on the Website).
    • She said their most famous client was the American actor David Soul, who starred in the West End theatre show, Jerry Springer-The Opera.


    Overall it’s a great service. The wait is a bit inconvenient but the ability to walk in is excellent for people like me who travel a lot and who don’t know their schedule weeks in advance.
    So there you are folks, if wanting to apply for naturalisation as British, and you live in or near to London, pay a visit to the Haringey checking service.
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    Found this link also, may be useful for directions and contact details:

    Citizenship Ceremonies and NCS: Haringey Council

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    We used this service last week but was waiting to see if the turn around was as quick as for Bryn before posting.

    I can only assume that the people before us had not completed their forms because they took about 45 mins each, we were 4th in the queue. We were in and out in 15 mins and most of that time was spent trying to prise the credit card out of my hand.

    If you are going there it's best to take public transport as parking is expensive and limited to 2 hours. There is a bus stop just outside and the tube stop is less than 3 mins walk.

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    we used this service today, arrived at 9 were 3rd in the queue and were out the door by 10:30 easy parking 200yards up the high road from the civic centre where the controlled zone ends, exellent service but get there early.

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    Some good news and some bad news!

    The bad news .... Haringey appears to have dropped its walk-in service ... and now requires an appointment. Anyone planning to go to Haringey in the near future needs to be aware of that. (I shall change the heading of this topic.)

    The good news .... many more offices around the country! Details on this webpage, so it might be the case that there is a nearer NCS office than the previous restricted list.
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    We just got a Recorded Delivery letter back saying Aod and Kay have both been accepted for UK Nationality. The letter was dated the 23rd, which is 9 days after the Nationality Checking Interview on the 14th. An invite to a ceremony where the certificates are presented is due in the next two weeks.
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    Great news Peter

    Just a point regarding the ceremony itself, Mot had to repeat the words to the (I think) registrar, and was given the words to the oath on a card. This was done individually for each applicant, there was no problem Just wished we knew that before we went, Might be different around your manor though
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    Congratulations to Aod and Kay! Enjoy your Citizenship Ceremony ... in this house Nat and Grace certainly did.

    Yet another good advert for the NCS.
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    The good news .... many more offices around the country! Details on this webpage, so it might be the case that there is a nearer NCS office than the previous restricted list.
    Web address changed. Now see Nationality Checking Service.
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    Is there any Nationality Checking Service in Scotland?

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    My NCS appointment is due in 2 weeks, 2 days after my 3 yrs in the UK, very exciting.

    There is a Thai lady somewhere said the must have for Thai are Driving licence & Brit's passport.

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    My husband has booked apointment for me by phone and we got letter requested 10 pounds chq. for booking fees which will pay the rest on the day. After that we got confirm letter also details about the service including of checklist documents. The Checking team phoned me once to confirm my case basis of marriage to British citizen, my name, address and date-place-country of birth. (I thought they were just did a double booking!!)

    On the day took around 20 mins. The checking team very friendly. She told us that some stupid cases not prepare themself at all don't have any required documents and argued with her boss. Mainly just to see application form, referees and photocopied (She said make sure one of them must be standing person)

    At the end the lady said not to travel within 5 days and we got 2 receipts of 26 & 268 pounds with tracking no. for the mail to Liverpool and how to contact for enquiry. On the receipt says within 2 weeks should received acknowledgement letter from Home Office.

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    We have our checking on the 29th August in Peterborough which costs £35 inc VAT where as some other councils are charging more up to £50 I was told. If you send the details off they say they can keep them for up to 6 months??? that's a long time without important documents in your possession. After becoming British it's off to get the passport so no more Schengen worries for us in the future.

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