Nationality checking service

The Nationality Checking Service is a partnership between UK Visas and Immigration 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 UK Visas and Immigration by courier

Applicants using the service can keep their original valuable documents such as passports and marriage certificates rather than sending them to UK Visas and Immigration.

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.

Fees

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.

 Applicant  Chargeable fee to customer inclusive of VAT
Adult who submits a single application pays one fee  £57
Husband and wife or civil partners living together who apply at the same time pay one fee  £81
Husband and wife or civil partners (and up to 2 children)  £100
Additional children on parents application  £21 per child
One or more children under the age of 18 who apply separately from their parents  £21 per child

The UK Visas and Immigration 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

Application forms can be obtained from the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Frequently asked questions

Will my application get processed more quickly?

Do I have to use Bracknell Forest Council’s checking service?

Will all local authorities provide this service?

How do I get a citizenship application form?

How do I know Bracknell Forest Council is competent to offer the checking service?

Will the council give me advice about nationality?

What do I do if I want to complain about the service I receive?

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