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Touchline Dad 14th July 2019 05:55 PM

Important Naturalisation Info
 
Hello All:

I just ran into an obstacle that everyone in this process should be aware of.

I paid for my Naturalisation and was trying to book my appointment when I received this message:

"This email has multiple applications with Sopra Steria. Please enter your UAN: which I subsequently found out was an acronym for "Unique Application Number."

I printed out receipts, everything and I could not find it. It isn't printed anywhere. After searching the internet, I found that you have to go into your email, click on "edit old application" and then download your final document checklist. On that checklist you will
find the UAN: it is a 16 digit number which you have to enter every time you sign on to your Sopra Steria Naturalisation account.

The only thing I can think of is the Sopra Steria site still has your details of the ILR process, hence the multiple applications if you are using the same email address.

Hope this helps-Once you enter the UAN you can start uploading documents to the Naturalisation application.

TD

Whatshouldwedo 14th July 2019 07:03 PM

Wow! That sounds complicated but very helpful for other applicants. Thank you for posting!

Touchline Dad 14th July 2019 07:59 PM

Glitch
 
WSWD:

I'm sure it is something they never really thought of: but now every time you log into your Naturalisation application you have to enter this 16 digit number that is unique to that particular application. I'm sure eventually they will work it out, (as they have now made it possible for you to see the document that you are uploading.) New process, growing pains I suppose but I had about 5 minutes where I didn't honestly know what to do, Thanks Google, lol.

TD

Touchline Dad 15th July 2019 04:27 PM

Update! lol
 
Just about finished with the downloads for Naturalisation. Many of the same things are asked for. I highly recommend printing off the document checklist as soon as you pay the fee: Your UAN is on that list and you need it every time you log in now.

Thankfully the Guidance Notes for Naturalisation are much more thorough than for ILR. If you Google "Guidance Notes for Naturalisation" there is a 33 page PDF booklet that explains everything quite well. You still have to use your discretion as far as what downloads go in what category: for instance there is no Referee Declaration category, I will put it it Sponsors and if it needs to be moved they will tell me at Sopra Steria when I have my appointment.

There a very few free slots if you want to book an appointment with Sopra Steria. I had to bite the bullet and pay again but in my mind it is well worth it. I would highly recommend the Chelmsford Sopra Steria: they are very competent and the office is easy to get to.

TD

EFUser2014 17th July 2019 10:17 AM

Once you’ve booked your appointment, the UAN will also be on the appointment confirmation PDF (with the QR code).

The category uploads remain the same on Sopra Steria’s system regardless of the type of application, but fortunately the Naturalisation process generally has far fewer documents (I only required 8 files) and all file names are self explanatory, so the non-mandatory categories aren’t strictly necessary. In a Naturalisation application, I would surmise all documents are mandatory. The staff at Sopra Steria are not qualified to advise on applications, except with regards to ensuring scan quality is sufficient if you pay for the document checking service.

Touchline Dad 17th July 2019 08:53 PM

Naturalization process finished, or as much as I can control. Went to Sopra Steria again in Chelmsford, another smooth interview and was only asked to have my US Passport scanned, even though I had uploaded every page of it previously. Took another picture and my fingerprints.

I had previously uploaded roughly 50 files: Spouse Passport, My current passport, my expired Passport which I entered with in 2014. Kids who British citizens Bio pages, 3 years of HMRC end of year reports, Current BRP, 2 Referee declarations, LITUK Test Pass Letter, Marriage Certificate. Obviously not a lot of address proof as now with ILR I will be good thru 2029.

I'm putting the files away for a while and enjoying a glass of wine.

To everyone who has helped along the way, I say thanks. To all in process I wish you the best and be patient. Eventually it all works out.

TD

husseinfatal 18th July 2019 02:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Touchline Dad (Post 14909648)
Naturalization process finished, or as much as I can control. Went to Sopra Steria again in Chelmsford, another smooth interview and was only asked to have my US Passport scanned, even though I had uploaded every page of it previously. Took another picture and my fingerprints.

I had previously uploaded roughly 50 files: Spouse Passport, My current passport, my expired Passport which I entered with in 2014. Kids who British citizens Bio pages, 3 years of HMRC end of year reports, Current BRP, 2 Referee declarations, LITUK Test Pass Letter, Marriage Certificate. Obviously not a lot of address proof as now with ILR I will be good thru 2029.

I'm putting the files away for a while and enjoying a glass of wine.

To everyone who has helped along the way, I say thanks. To all in process I wish you the best and be patient. Eventually it all works out.

TD

Hey mate great work!

We just received our ILR yesterday, for the naturalisation application next week we are looking to upload all of the same documents as before (that are required obviously), but for the living together documents did you submit an updated list or use the same as before?

Ed

EFUser2014 18th July 2019 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by husseinfatal (Post 14910548)
Hey mate great work!

We just received our ILR yesterday, for the naturalisation application next week we are looking to upload all of the same documents as before (that are required obviously), but for the living together documents did you submit an updated list or use the same as before?

Ed

Naturalisation does not require proof of cohabitation. Generally, your passport(s) covering the relevant period (3 or 5 years) is sufficient to prove your continued residence in the UK. The only documents I had to submit were the following:
  • Current USA Passport
  • Expired USA Passport
  • Current ILR BRP
  • Spouse (British) Passport
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Life in the UK Pass Letter
  • Referee 1 Declaration
  • Referee 2 Declaration

Kwame O 21st July 2019 09:18 AM

I am a Ghanaian citizen but have a law degree from the USA. For the Naturalization application, do I need Academic Qualification Level Statement (AQUALS) from UK NARIC confirming the degree is equivalent to a UK qualification?

https://www.gov.uk/english-language/degrees-in-english

I didnít need this statement from NARIC when I applied for the FLR(M) and SET(M).

Thanks

J4mrk82 27th July 2019 12:50 PM

I have just received my indefinite leave spouse biometric card a week ago can I straight away apply for naturalization? Or have to wait 1 year? Also do I need to show proof of financial req again? And finally do u need to show evidence again we are living together?


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