Nationality checking and passport service

What is nationality checking?

We offer a nationality checking service to help people who wish to apply for British Citizenship. The aim of the service is to help reduce delays when applying for British Citizenship.

The Nationality Checking Service is a partnership between the UK Visas and Immigration and Local Authorities in England and Wales. Our team is registered with the Office of Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC).

You do not have to use the checking service with us, you can apply directly to UK Visas and Immigration or use a solicitor or other registered agent. If you wish to do this, make sure they are qualified to do this and are registered with the OISC.

Please note: Solicitors and others registered with the Law Society do not have to be registered with the OISC.

What we do

The checking service will ensure that:

  • you have used the correct and most recent form for your application
  • you have completed the application form correctly
  • you have provided the necessary documents that are needed to support your application

All documents you provide will be copied and certified and your original documents will be returned to you (apart from your Test Of Life in the UK certificate which will be sent with your application).

All applications will be sent to UK Visas and Immigration by courier.

You must ensure that you use the most up to date application form for you application(s). These are available to download from GOV.UK. You will also find the guidance notes which you should read before completing your application(s).

What we don’t do

The council Nationality Checking Service does not and cannot guarantee that UK Visas and Immigration will approve an application for British Citizenship.

The council Nationality Checking Service does not give legal advice as to your individual circumstances and whether you are in a position to apply for British Citizenship. To find out whether you can apply, visit the British citizenship webpage on GOV.UK

Apply for your British Passport and British Citizenship at the same time

You are able to apply for your British Passport at the same time as applying for British Citizenship.

If your application for British Citizenship is successful, your British Passport will be posted to your home address after you have attended your British Citizenship Ceremony.

All applicants wishing to use this service who are aged over 15 years and 6 months must attend their appointment in person. Using this service will mean you do not have to attend an interview at a passport office following your ceremony.

You do not have to use the passport checking service when applying for British Citizenship, but if you choose not to, you would have to apply for your British passport directly to the UK Visas and Immigration following your British Citizenship Ceremony.

Applications are made using the standard British Passport application form. These are available from the Post Office, or we can post a form to you, but would have to charge you £2.60 for postage.

Book an appointment

The nationality checking and passport service operates on an appointment only basis.

Please contact customer services on 01344 352000 between 8:30am to 4:45pm to book your appointment.

Your ceremony booking can be made by credit or debit card and must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Please see our cancellation and amendment fee PDF file downloadterms and conditions. (PDF, 97kb)

Fees

Nationality Checking Service

 Applicant  2016/17
 Adult - Monday to Friday  £65
 Child - Monday to Friday  £35

In addition to the checking service fee you will have to pay the fee for British citizenship at the appointment.

Passport Checking Service

Please note that this fee applies only when the passport is checked at the Nationality Checking Service appointment.
 Applicant  2016/17
 Per person  £15

In addition to the checking service fee you will have to pay the fee for a British passport at the appointment.

Your appointment

The nationality checking and passport service takes place at the Registration Services offices in Time Square.

When you attend your appointment you must attend in person. If you are married or in a civil partnership and want to make a joint application, both of you must attend.

If you are using the nationality checking service only, children under the age of 18 do not need to attend.

If you are using the joint nationality checking and passport service and you are aged over 15 years and 6 months, you must attend your appointment in person.

You must ensure that you have completed the correct form(s) before attending the appointment.

It remains your responsibility to have read the guidance notes which are supplied by the UK Visas and Immigration. You also must make sure you are able to provide the required documents as evidence to support your application.

If your application is incomplete, for example the incorrect version of the application form has been completed or any documents are missing, you may need to book a further follow up appointment and a fee of £25 would be charged.

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