Our Nationality checking service is a great way to make sure your application for British Citizenship is accurate and securely sent to the Home Office.

This isn't a fast track service and we can't guarantee your application will be approved as it's a Home Office decision.

Anyone can use our checking service, you don't have to be living in Hertfordshire.

 

Before you start... 

  • We don't guarantee as part of this service that your application will be successful.
  • You must check they are eligible for naturalisation against the government guidelines before booking an appointment.
  • It's your responsibility to make sure you're eligible to apply. We don't check this for you a part of this service.
  • download and complete the application form from the UK Visas and Immigration website
  • gather the documents to support your application (the UK Visas and Immigration website tells you this)
  • book an appointment with us by calling 01707 897396

Call or email us if you have any problems or questions.

It’s the applicant's responsibility to make sure they meet the nationality requirements necessary before they make an appointment.

You could also book an appointment for our Joint Citizenship and British passport checking service – call 01707 897396.

 

How the Nationality checking service can help you

  • We photocopy your original documents so certified copies are sent with your application. (the original Life in the UK test certificates must be submitted with your application)
  • We’ll check your application for accuracy, photocopy and certify your supporting documents and send them by secure post to the Home Office.

Documents you need to support your application

Any original documents not already in the English language must be officially translated. The Citizenship Unit are required to see the original document(s) and the English translation(s).

Further information on the English language requirement can be found in the statement of intent on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

I'm applying for British Citizenship (over 18) under the 5 year residence requirement

You need to bring these documents to your appointment:

  • a completed application form
  • knowledge of Life in the UK test certificate AND EITHER a “Speaking and Listening” qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher (or an equivalent level qualification) OR an academic qualification taught or researched in English. It must be deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelors, Masters degree or PhD in the UK
  • identification used when you took the Knowledge of Life in the UK test
  • proof you've held Indefinite Leave to Remain for at least 12 months
  • passport / travel document dating back 5 years.
    If your passport(s) doesn't cover this time, you must give additional evidence using P60s, payslips, employment letters, benefits letters, school/college/university letters
  • most recent tax self assessment statement (if self employed)
  • 1 additional form of identification. For example, driving licence (photocard), birth certificate or current bank / credit card statement showing your current address
  • Home Office fee payable via debit / credit card or cheque.

I'm applying for British Citizenship (over 18) under the 3 year residence requirement

You need to bring these documents to your appointment:

  • a completed application form
  • knowledge of Life in the UK test certificate AND EITHER a “Speaking and Listening” qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher (or an equivalent level qualification) OR an academic qualification taught or researched in English. It must be deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelors, Masters degree or PhD in the UK
  • identification used when you took the Knowledge of Life in UK test
  • proof of Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • passports / travel document dating back 3 years.
    If your passport(s) do not cover this time you must give additional evidence using P60s, payslips, employment letters, benefits letter, school / college / university letter
  • most recent tax self assessment statement (if self employed)
  • husband / wife / civil partner’s British passport, Naturalisation certificate or British birth certificate
  • 1 additional form of identification e.g. driving licence (photocard), birth certificate or current bank / credit card statement showing your current address
  • marriage / civil partnership certificate
  • Home Office fee payable via debit / credit card or cheque.

I'm applying for British Citizenship and currently hold an EEA / EU passport

The EU country must have been a member for at least 5 years.

If you're an EU / EEA citizen applying under the 3 year route, you need to hold permanent residence.

If you're an EU / EEA citizen applying under the 5 year route you must hold permanent residence for at least 12 months.

You need to bring these documents to your appointment:

  • a completed application form
  • a document certifying Permanent Residence (depending on how long you've lived in the UK will depend on how long you're required to hold your Permanent Residency for). It’s the applicant's responsibility to make sure they meet the nationality requirements necessary before they make an appointment
  • knowledge of Life in the UK test certificate AND EITHER a “Speaking and Listening” qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher (or an equivalent level qualification) OR an academic qualification taught or researched in English. This qualification must be deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelors, Masters degree or PhD in the UK
  • identification used when you took the Knowledge of Life in UK test
  • current passports/travel documents
  • evidence of residency for at least the last 5 years, such as P60s / payslips / employer letters / benefits letters, self assessments if self employed
  • 1 additional form of identification e.g. driving licence (photocard), birth certificate or current bank / credit card statement showing your current address
  • Home Office fee payable via debit/credit card or cheque.

EEA / EU family members applying for British Citizenship must also supply the above mentioned documentation. 

I'm under 18 and was born in the United Kingdom

You need to bring these documents to your appointment:

  • a completed application form
  • current and any previous passports / travel documents
  • birth certificate
  • if the application is submitted through the father, a marriage certificate is required
  • Home Office fee payable via debit/credit card or cheque
  • evidence of relevant parent's settled status (ILR / British passport).

I'm under 18 and was born outside the United Kingdom

You need to bring these documents to your appointment:

  • a completed application form
  • current and any previous passports / travel documents
  • birth certificate
  • immigration status of both parents and minors
  • if the application is submitted through the father a marriage certificate is required
  • Home Office fee payable via debit / credit card or cheque.

Cost of using the Nationality checking service

An adult UK Citizenship application costs £65 inclusive of VAT.

A child UK Citizenship application costs £35 inclusive of VAT.

 

Fees are paid by credit / debit card when you make an appointment. The fees are non-refundable.

Give us 2 working days notice if you can't make your appointment. You can only move an appointment once without a further charge.

Applying for a UK passport when applying for British Citizenship

Our joint Citizenship and Passport checking service means you can apply for a UK passport as well as applying for citizenship.

If your citizenship application is successful and you've gone to a citizenship ceremony, your new passport will be sent to your home.

The checking service costs £10 per application. This fee is non-refundable and payable by debit / credit card when you book your nationality appointment.

How to apply

Collect a passport application form from a Post Office and complete it before your appointment. The passport application must be completed in black pen.  Please make sure all writing remains within the boxes, including your signature.  This form could be rejected if not completed correctly.

Please be aware of the following sections to complete:

  • sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (if applicable) and 9 of the passport application form
  • section 2 – don't enter a mobile phone number in section 2 of the application form. Enter it in section 8 instead
  • section 4 – grandparents’ details aren't required
  • section 10 – details of your referees will be collected as part of your citizenship application. This section can be left blank.
  • a passport application must contain 2 passport photos and a 3rd photo must be included on your Citizenship application. All passport photos must be identical.

Make an appointment

Make an appointment online or call 01707 897396.

Cost of a UK passport

£72.50 for a standard adult passport (32 pages)

£85.50 for a jumbo adult passport (48 pages)

£46 for a child's passport

 

Contact details

The Old Courthouse
St Albans Road
East Hatfield
AL10 0ES

Call us on 01707 897396 or email us for more information about citizenship ceremonies.

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm.