Citizenship and nationality

Nationality checking service

You can use the nationality checking service to apply for British Citizenship. The service checks that applications for British nationality are completed correctly, with the right documents and fee.

Before you book an appointment, you should download and read the Home Office guide and booklet to make sure you meet all the requirements for applying for British citizenship.

Contact UK Visas and Immigration if you have any doubt about your eligibility.

You also need to have completed your application form to make sure you meet the qualifications for residency and were in the country at the start of either the 3-year or 5-year qualifying period.

Download an application for British citizenship from GOV.UK: become a British citizen.

Our service up to 31 December 2018

We will be providing a nationality checking service only up to 31 December 2018.

A non-refundable fee of £85 per application must be paid by debit or credit card when making your booking.

Call us on 01375 375 245 to make a new appointment for our nationality checking service.

If you cancel your booking or do not bring the necessary supporting documents, you will need to make a new appointment and pay the full fee again.

You should give at least 24-hours written notice if you need to cancel or change your appointment, and must pay an administration fee of £30 if the date of your appointment is changed.

We will charge the full fee for failure to attend or for cancelling or changing your appointment date with less than 24-hours' notice.

Using our service does not guarantee the success of your application or speed up the process.

Changes from 31 December 2018

From 2019, all nationality checking will be done by the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKVCAS) instead of local councils.

Nationality checking appointments will take place at UKVCAS centres around the UK – book your appointment using the UKVCAS website.

UKVCAS: book your appointment

You can read more about changes that will affect applications for settlement, citizenship or to stay in the UK, at GOV.UK: UK Visa's and Immigration new front end services.

Help to use the online service

The government's UK Visa's and Immigration (UKVI) service offers 'Assisted Digital' support for people who don't have the access, skills or confidence to apply online.

The Assisted Digital service does not provide immigration advice.

You can contact 'We are Digital', below, if you need Assisted Digital support with your online immigration application.

We are Digital

: 03333 445 675


You can also text the word 'VISA' to 07537 416 944.

When sending an email, please include a phone number on which you can be contacted

Advice on immigration and nationality

We cannot give immigration or nationality advice.

For immigration advice, go to Citizens Advice: Immigration.

For nationality advice, contact the government UK Visas and Immigration service. You can either: