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Nationality checking service

If you are seeking to become a British citizen, you can get your application checked at our register office through the nationality checking service (NCS). You can also get your application for your UK passport checked at the same time.

These optional services are offered in partnership with the Home Office. You can also apply directly to the Home Office or use a solicitor or other registered immigration agent if you wish.

Visit the GOV.UK website to find out more about becoming a British citizen and if you can apply (link opens in a new window)

Benefits of the nationality checking service

Using this service makes sure that -

  • applications for British nationality are completed properly before being submitted to the Home Office for consideration
  • all supporting documentation is checked, copied and certified so that those important personal documents remain with you instead of being posted to the Home Office with your application

Our staff have been fully trained by the Home Office nationality experts and are individually registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). This is an independent body established by an independent offering services of this kind.

Passport application checking service

We can also check your British passport application at the same appointment as your citizenship application.

For an additional £10 per person we will check your passport application for completeness and accuracy and then send it by registered post to the Home Office.

If your application for citizenship is successful, your passport application will be processed by the passport office and sent to you directly.

How to access the service

Request a nationality checking service appointment

Guidance on completing a passport application form for a joint citizenship and passport application

You should complete sections one to four, six (if applicable) and nine of the passport application form. You do not need to complete section 10 or have the two photographs certified. Details of referees are collected as part of the citizenship application.

The photographs submitted with both applications must be identical (from the same sitting) and comply with the photo standards as described in the accompanying guidance. The applicant’s name should be written on the back of the photographs.

  1. section one - any applicant within six months of turning 16 at the time of application must attend the appointment in person
  2. section two - do not enter a mobile phone number in section two of the application form, enter it in section eight instead
  3. section four - grandparents’ details are not required

The payment mandate on page 25 of the application guidance must be completed. Please ensure that the security number of the card is entered in the appropriate box.

If you are unsure about any requirements leave the section of the form blank and complete it at your appointment.

You will be asked to pay the relevant fees for this service at the time of booking as detailed below.

Fees for this service

Type of appointment

Single adult appointment £55 
Single child appointment £30
Couple appointment £90
Family appointment (Two adults and two children) £120 (£15 extra is charged per additional child)
Single parent appointment (One adult and one child) £70 (£15 extra is charged per additional child)
Passport checking service £10 

These fees are separate and in addition to any fee payable to the Home Office.

To make an appointment telephone 01482 300 300. 

Rearranging your appointment

If you need to rearrange your appointment please telephone 01482 300 300. The fee payable is transferable as long as we are given five working days notice of this requirement.

When you attend your appointment

Appointments are approximately 40 minutes. You must attend to make your application in person. If you are married or in a civil partnership both of you must visit in person. Children under 18 years old do not have to be present.

You need to bring the following with you -

  • completed citizenship application form
  • all the necessary documents as explained in the application form guide notes
  • the citizenship application fee (payable to the Home Office)

If you do not have all of the necessary information we will not be able to continue with your appointment and you may have to pay an additional appointment fee if you need to attend another appointment.

Your application and advice about nationality

We will not be able to provide advice on nationality matters. For this you will be directed to the Home Office.

NCS is not a priority service for processing your application with the Home Office. However, complete and accurate forms are processed, on average, more quickly than those that are incomplete or which need further enquiries.

Using the service does not guarantee an application will be successful. The service checks the application has been completed correctly and it is then passed on to Home Office caseworkers who will consider the application and make a decision.

The time it takes for the Home Office to deal with an application can vary according to individual circumstances and other factors such as the number of applications under consideration at a particular time.

Successful applications

If your application is successful and you are over 18 you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony to complete the final stage in becoming a British citizen.

The certificate of naturalisation is presented at the citizenship ceremony. People aged under 18 years do not have to attend a ceremony but can do if they wish.

You are usually invited to attend a ceremony in your local registration district, however it is possible as part of the application to specify a preferred district.

Find out more about citizenship ceremonies in Hull

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