The Nationality Checking Service is a partnership between the UK Border Agency and Local Authorities in England and Wales.
Nationality Checking services we provide
We provide a checking service for British citizenship applications. The service includes:
all application forms are checked for accuracy
all supporting documents such as passports are checked and certified so you can keep the originals
all applications are forwarded to the UK Border Agency by courier
Applicants using the service can keep their original valuable documents such as passports and marriage certificates rather than sending them to the UK Border Agency.
What do I need?
It is essential that you have taken, and passed, the Life in the UK test, and have a qualification which meets the language requirement as stated on the Home Office website. There are lots of qualifications which meet this requirement, so please refer to the Home Office website for the full list and information about the Life in the UK Test.
If you are the national of a majority English speaking country (as shown on the Home Office website) you will be exempt from the language requirement but not the Life in the UK Test.
You will also need to produce your passport or other documents covering your qualifying period, and proof of your indefinite leave to remain in the UK. A list of all other documents required will be emailed or posted to you when you make an appointment.
There is a fee for an individual application and a sliding scale for joint and family applications. The checking service fee will be taken by card when the appointment is made.
Chargeable fee to customer inclusive of VAT
Adult who submits a single application pays one fee
Husband and wife or civil partners living together who apply at the same time pay one fee
Husband and wife or civil partners (and up to 2 children)
Additional children on parents application
£20 per child
One or more children under the age of 18 who apply separately from their parents
£20 per child
The UK Border Agency fee will be taken separately at your appointment.
Book an appointment
This service is available by appointment only, please contact Customer Services to make an appointment. Calls can be taken from 8:30 to 16:45. The checking service fee will be taken by card when the appointment is made.
If you will require any special assistance at your appointment, please tell us at the time of booking the appointment
Complete and accurate applications are dealt with on average more quickly than applications that are incomplete. The processing time for each application varies according to individual circumstances and is dependent on how many applications are under consideration at a particular time. It cannot be guaranteed that the UK Border Agency will approve an application as the UK Border Agency deals with each application on its own merit.
A limited number of authorities throughout England and Wales are working with the Home Office to provide this service. If you live in an area that does not provide a checking service you can submit your application to any participating local authority.
Bracknell Forest Register Office is registered with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner, an independent body established by Parliament, which regulates organisations offering services of this kind.
Bracknell Forest Council will not be able to provide advice on nationality matters. If you require advice you can contact the Nationality Helpdesk on 0845 010 5200. Lines are open from 08.30 until 18.00 Monday to Friday.
If your complaint relates to the attitude or level of customer service provided by Bracknell Forest Council’s Register Office, you should direct your complaint in the first instance to the Registration Services Manager at Bracknell Forest Council, Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1AQ. All complaints will be dealt with in accordance with the Council’s Complaints procedure, a copy of which is available from Bracknell Forest Council Register Office
Alternatively if your complaint relates to the quality of the help you have been given and the professional competence of the officer employed by Bracknell Forest Council, you can make your complaint in writing to:
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
5th Floor, Counting House
53 Tooley Street
London SE1 2QN
Details are also available on the OISC website at: www.oisc.gov.uk