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Hertfordshire County Council

Nationality checking service and passport checking

Our nationality checking service will make sure your application for British citizenship is accurate, then securely send it to the Home Office.

You can use this service even if you don't live in Hertfordshire.

If you're applying online for British Citizenship, please contact our Nationality Document Return Service instead.

From 6 April 2018, you can't apply for a UK passport at your NCS appointment. Please use our Nationality Document Return Service instead.

 

Before booking an appointment...

 

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 £70 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.

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.