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British citizenship: Nationality checking service

We offer a nationality checking service to help people who want to apply for British Citizenship.


Our service

  • Check your application form is completed correctly

  • Check, copy and certify your passport and other documents

  • Make sure that you have included the right payment

  • Send your application safely and quickly to the Home Office by guaranteed next day delivery

You do not have to use our checking service. You can apply direct to the Home Office or use a solicitor or other agent.

But if you do, make sure they are properly qualified to give you advice, and are registered with the OISC (Solicitors and others registered with the Law Society do not have to be registered with the OISC).


Book an appointment

Contact us to book an appointment.

You must attend your appointment yourself.

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

Children under 18 don't need to attend

The appointment takes between 45 and 90 minutes depending on how many people are applying.

Documents to bring

  • Completed citizenship application form
  • Original copy of your ‘Life in the UK’ test certificate
  • All the documents listed in the application form guideline notes
  • Application fee



The fee is £78 per adult and £18 per child in addition to the Home Office fee.  Family rates are also available. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

You need to pay a non refundable deposit when you book an appointment:

  • By phone: pay by debit or credit card
  • In person: pay by debit or credit card, cash or cheque

This will be deducted from the checking service fee.

You cannot book an appointment without a deposit.

Home Office fee

Your Home Office fee will be posted with your application so you cannot pay with cash.

You can pay by postal order, cheque (made payable to ‘The Accounting Officer, Home Office’) or by credit or debit card.

Immigration advice

Our checking service is not there to give you immigration advice. If you have queries about your application you should contact your legal advisers or the Home Office.

Changes to language requirements for citizenship from November 2015

ESOL Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2 will be replaced by IELTS Life Skills and GESE (Graded Examination in Spoken English).

Home Office: Prove your knowledge of English.

Please contact our Citizenship Team 0114 2053087.


No guarantee of successful application

This service is strictly a check and send service only. Your application will be assessed by the Home Office.

We ensure that your application is complete in every detail, making it more likely that it will be processed more quickly.

If the Home Office needs more information about your application they will contact you at the address given on the application form.


 ‘Life in the UK’ test

The language and life in the UK rules are:

  1. Applicants must have passed a Life in the UK test
  2. And have one of the following;
  • ESOL Certificate for Speaking & Listening Entry 3 or Level 1 or Level 2
  • IELTS Certificate at 4.0 or Above
  • Degree Certificate and Letter from UK University
  • NARIC letter confirming that a degree from an overseas university was taught in the English language and is transferable to British qualifications. NARIC must confirm that the degree was taught in English.


The exceptions to these rules are people

  • over 65 years old
  • who have a physical or mental condition which severely restricts their ability to learn English / communicate and / or take a test
  • Minors under 18 years old

Exempt countries

The following countries are exempt from having to take the second part of the requirement as they are majority English speaking countries.

They will however be required to take the Life in the UK test.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA


Contact us

For more Information please contact us.

  • Modified: Jul 13, 2015 11:37:18 AM